Welcome to Scarborough Downs Harness Race Track!
Welcome to Scarborough Downs Harness Race Track, Maine's best bet for live harness racing action since 1950! 2016 marks our 66th year operating as a small, family business in beautiful Scarborough, Maine, offering exciting racing from March 26 - December 4, 2016, with simulcasting of thoroughbred and harness tracks from around North America, 7 days a week, 363 days a year.
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Closing Day is Drew's Day!
Drew Campbell put on an absolute clinic on Closing Day of the 2016 meet at Scarborough Downs, scoring 5 wins on the 9 race program! Here he confidently steers Kim's Day to her 15th career win, just before claiming victory in the George Wentworth Memorial, the final live race of the season! No One does it better than Drew! - photo by Michael Newman.
Perfect Steer for Fear Itself!
Fear Itself cruised to his 10th win of the year on Saturday (12/3) giving Nick Graffam one of his two wins on the afternoon program! Now the only thing we have to fear is Closing Day as we bring the curtain down on the 2016 meet with a 9 race program on Sunday! Don't miss your chance to Get to the Track one final time this year - Post Time on Sunday is at 12:05! - photo by Derek Davis.
The Greene Monster Slugs it Out of the Park!
The Greene Monster returned to Maine on Friday (12/2) off an extended Plainridge Racecourse swing and immediately gobbled up all that familiar home cooking to score the 4th win of his career! As a matter of fact, all 4 of The Greene Monster's wins have come right here at Scarborough Downs ... Talk about enjoying a Home Field Advantage! - photo by Michael Newman.
10th Annual Standardbred Retirement Ceremony!
What a great day at the races as eight 14-year-old racehorses took one final trip to the winner's circle before hanging up their bridles and heading off to their new careers as pleasure and leisure horses! Check out some of the happy faces that graced the raceway at the Downs on Sunday (11/27)! - photos by Derek Davis.
How We Love Our Horses!
Saturday Smiles at The Downs!
Jimmy Whittemore always seems to enjoy himself at the races and why would he when given the chance to drive such an awesome horse as A Sweet Ride? Check out the unabashed grins on both horse and driver as they claim top honors in the $7000 Free For All on Saturday (11/26)! Smile pretty for the camera guys! - photo by Michael Newman.
Keystone Stately and Campbell - Good as Gold on Black Friday!
Drew Campbell continued to flaunt his golden touch on Friday (11/25), winning 4 of the 8 races programmed while maintaining his dominant position atop the leaders' board at the Downs. Here he ekes out a narrow victory with Keystone Stately, just getting up over Fort Bragg, after executing a perfect ground saving strategy in the 7th. Those hands of gold sure came through on Black Friday! - photo by Michael Newman.
Ride Of A Lifetime - The Streak Continues!
Ride Of A Lifetime remains at a lifetime peak right now as the 8-year-old veteran trotter scored his 3rd win in a row on Monday (11/21)! The win was one of two on the program for driver Dan Deslandes to, andf with both horse and driver decked out in festive red and green colors, can there be a better way to usher in the holiday season at the Downs? - photo by Michael Newman.
Eddie Davis Jr held the hottest of hands on Sunday (11/20) at the Downs, winning 4 of the 8 races programmed! Check out the determination on Eddie's face as he scores his 4th win of the day behind Ashlee's Cool Gal while taking top honors in the Joyce Tiner Memorial Pace. This is what harness racing is all about! - photo by Derek Davis.
A Dreamy Day at the Downs!
I Can Dream Can't I withstood a determined late charge from Remix to score her second consecutive win on Sunday (11/13) with driver Mitch Cushing using all his powers of persuasion to get her home on top! The win was one of two on the program for the 18-year-old reinsman who has now climbed into 12th place on the Leaders Board in his first full year of driving! What a dream season for the up-and-comer! - photo by Derek Davis.
Northern Ideal Streaks to Victory!
Northern Ideal kept his win streak intact on Saturday (11/12) by convincingly grabbing his 5th consecutive score, this week in Maine Amateur Driving Club competition! The win was the 35th career victory for the 8-year-old veteran, and the 13th already this year alone! What an outstanding season for Northern Ideal! - photo by Michael Newman.
All the Way with WHEELAWAY!
Wheelaway and driver Nick Graffam threw in a gritty performance on Friday (11/11) to overcome the extremely windy conditions and a determined late stretch bid from My Time Hanover to seal the deal on his 5th win of the year! This race was one of the few times that driver Drew Campbell was repelled on Friday though, as the man in orange and black scored 4 wins on the card! - photo by Derek Davis.
Eddie Davis Jr calls DIBS!
Eddie Davis Jr held the hot hand on Thursday (11/10) at the Downs, scoring three wins during the eight race program! Here he glides down Victory Lane with a recent New York invader named Dibs, one of the newest additions to the meet leading Bo Sowers roster! You just can't beat Eddie when he calls Dibs! - photo by Michael Newman.
Sunday was Kim's Day!
Kim's Day returned to the winner's circle on Sunday (11/6), her 6th visit since joining the state of Maine harness scene back in mid-September! The prodigious winner, now racing from the roster of trainer Kim Vafiades, had changed stables four weeks in a row via the claim box, increasing her value from $4800 all the way up to $9600 in just the span of one month's time! Left unclaimed today, she gets to return home tonight and what could be a more fitting home for Kim's Day than a stable run by a woman named Kim? - photo by Derek Davis.
Ryan Abel in the Sulky - Giddy Up!
Ryan Abel continued to flaunt all that "up-and-coming" driving talent on Saturday (11/5), convincingly winning two of the eight races programmed at the Downs! Here he keeps Giddylicious brave all the way to the wire in a lifetime equaling 1:58 while returning a generous $58.80 win ticket to his loyal backers! Giddy Up Ryan! - photo by Michael Newman.
Lucy, I'm Home!
Lucy From Hebron was "home free" on Friday (11/4), impressively scoring her 8th career victory for the lightning hot roster of the Gretchen Athearn Stable. The win was one of two on the program for the husband/wife combo of Mark and Gretchen who had teamed up just the race prior to claim top honors with their trotter Dagget. What a great day for Team Athearn! - photo by Michael Newman.
None Tougher than Bodyguard!
Bodyguard sped to his 7th consecutive win on Thursday (11/3) as the lightning hot claimer claimed his 13th win overall this season! The score was one of four victorious strategies for driver Drew Campbell on the card too, as the man in black and orange continues his mastery at The Downs! Tough to beat the Bodyguard and Drew! - photo by Michael Newman.
Luigi says "CIAO"!
Luigi and driver Matty Athearn brought the fans to their feet on Sunday (10-30) as the veteran pacer scored the 32nd win of his career. Bravo, eccellente Luigi! Buon cavallo! - photo by Michael Newman.
Exploding Across the Wire!
Jimmy Whittemore thrived over the muddy raceway on Saturday (10-29), steering two winners to victory from the eight race program. Here, Jimmy can't seem to hide his glee at getting the trotter Explosive Ripple home on top! What a great afternoon to be at the track! - photo by Derek Davis.
Campbell Commands the Raceway!
Drew Campbell was a portrait in concentration on Thursday (10/27) as the man in orange and black won 5 of the 8 races on the program - Demonstrating once again why he's the perennial powerhouse at the Downs! Way to go Drew! - photo by Michael Newman.
Dan Deslandes used all his powers of persuasion to get Sachertorte home on top in the finale on Sunday (10/23), completing a splendid stretch drive with a bit of a right side lean to grab top honors by the scantest of margins! Get set for more exciting battles to the wire next week as live harness racing will be featured Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday with a 1:30 Post Time! - photo by Michael Newman.
Winning Makes even a Muddy Day FUN! !
The mud certainly couldn't keep the smile off the face of Mitch Cushing, seen here celebrating after winning with Kehmmywood on Saturday (10/22) - The win was one of two on the day for the up-and-coming driver! - photo by Derek Davis.
Torrential downpours made for a muddy racetrack on Saturday (10/22) but the conditions did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm at the Downs! Here, Dana Childs makes his way back to the paddock after winning with Go West Lucky Cam in the Maine Amateur Driving Club event! - photo by Derek Davis.
Campbell Enjoys a Royal Hawaii Cruise!
Drew Campbell held the hot hand on Friday (10/21) claiming consecutive victories in the first three races on the program. Here he keeps sailing along with Royal Hawaii who has now finished either 1st or 2nd in 17 of 22 starts this year! What amazing success stories for the veteran trotting mare and the meet's leading driver! - photo by Michael Newman.
Winning Races in Maine ... The Way Life Should Be!
The Way Life Should Be is one of the state of Maine's mottos, so how appropriate is it that a horse of the same name now calls the Pine Tree State home? The streaking steed secured his 25th career victory on Thursday (10/20) with Ryan Abel making the most of a rare catch drive by scoring his 6th career win as a teamster! Way to go guys! You both continue to make Maine proud! - photo by Michael Newman.
Unbeaten Seeley Man scores 24th consecutive win during Festival of Champions Day at Scarborough Downs
A large and enthusiastic crowd turned out for Festival of Champions Day at Scarborough Downs on Saturday (10/15) to witness the crowning of the three-year-old champions of the Maine Sire Stakes program. The expectation of exciting equine thrills reached near fever pitch on the picture perfect autumn afternoon at the southern Maine racing venue, and with nearly $370,000 in purse money on the line, the horse and drivers certainly did not disappoint.
Seeley Man capped a lustrous sire stakes campaign by adding the sophomore colt pacing trophy to last year’s freshman crown, all the while retaining his perfect 24 for 24 undefeated career win streak. Hustled to the early lead in the $85,233 split by driver Ron Cushing, the Western Maverick – Perfect Launch gelding never felt pressure at any point in the mile as he extended off to an 11-3/4 length margin at the wire. He ultimately stopped the clock in an unhurried 1:55.2, establishing a new divisional track record in the process.
“People might have thought we were crazy to spend the amount of money that we did to buy him at the conclusion of his two-year-old season, just to race him in Maine” Ron Cushing remarked, “But I really liked him. Gerry Smith (former trainer) was nice enough to sell him and we were nice enough to pay the price. He’s been a very nice horse throughout his career.”
Now with a career bankroll in excess of $176K, the Heidi Gibbs trained Seeley Man is owned in partnership by Kevin Sywyk, Ben Bill & Will Stable and Florence O’Keefe and was bred by Lynn-Marie Plouffe.
Talladega Speed (David Ingraham was second with The Irish Maverick (John Nason third.
Western Stepp was another repeat champion on Saturday as the Western Maverick – French Stepp filly earned top three-year-old honors after securing last year’s two-year-old championship in a maiden-breaking upset. The win was the 10 th of the season for the Western Maverick – French Stepp filly whose career earnings now eclipse the $127K level.
Regular pilot Drew Campbell hustled her to her customary front-end seat but was forced to use all his powers of persuasion late as Ladies Love Outlaws (Kevin Switzer, Jr) closed gamely in the $85,233 contest which was clocked in 1:57.
“She got a little lazy on the lead today and I was glad to see Junior not fly by me” Campbell said, “But she did hold the other horse off and that’s what counts.”
Owner/trainer James Dunn added, “I was really glad the wire wasn’t 30 or 40 feet down the track or we might have got beat. She’s certainly earned some good pasture time.”
Western Stepp was bred in Maine by Dirk Duncan and Sidney Bradley.
Ladies Love Outlaws settled for a hard fought runner-up share while Life Is A Short Walk rallied for show.
Miss Flaggy Meadow and driver Ivan Davies were also put to a stern stretch test on Saturday, as the daughter of Boy Band – Willing Wind earned the top placing in the $85,201 filly trotting final. She ground out the win in extended overland fashion while withstanding unrelenting late pressure through the lane from Just A Little Evil (Heath Campbell) with the pair reaching the wire nearly in lockstep timed in 2:01.3.
“I want to thank breeder Mike Andrew for selling me this horse and Ivan’s done a tremendous job with this filly” said owner Jack Kelly of the East Pond Stable, “He’s resolved some earlier problems she had through determined experimentation – Ivan really deserves all the credit for her success.”
“Now I can’t wait to watch my son’s horse, the Maine-bred Obrigado race in the International Trot at Yonkers”, Kelly continued, referring to trainer Paul Kelly, “What a great day for state of Maine harness racing!”
Just A Little Evil fell just 3/4 –length short while finishing second. Gonna Kiss Me Or Not (Ron Cushing) was third.
Noble Yaz hit a homerun in the $85,185 colt trotting final, pouncing at the ¾-mile marker before extending out to an imposing 4-length margin as driver Nick Graffam triumphantly pointed his whip skyward in celebration.
The Noble Venture – Sassy Cathy gelding who was timed in 2:01.1, is trained by Graffam’s dad, Michael, for owner/breeder Francis Hanley.
“The horse has just been getting better lately” Hanley said, “He and Nick have been melding but the horse just seemed to figure out that he shouldn’t be out there fooling around but that he should be getting to the lead and getting the job done. He sure figured it out at the right time!”
Dusty Venture (Ivan Davies) settled for second while Pembroke Bada Bing (Heath Campbell was third.
With Maine Sire Stakes season has now reaching its successful conclusion, the fall/winter meet will continue at the Downs through the first weekend of December. Live harness racing will be featured weekly on a Thursday through Sunday schedule with a 1:30 PM (EDT) post time.
Drew and Nick say ... "Get to the Track for Festival of Champions Day!"
The Maine Sire Stakes Championships will be decided on Saturday (10/15) with $370,000 in purse money on the line! Post Time is 1:30 - Admission is FREE - The Thrills are limitless! Get to the Track!
The Undefeated Seeley Man!
Seeley Man, won last year's two-year-old Maine Sire Stakes Championship and will look to add the three-year-old Championship to his trophy cabinet on Saturday (10/15)! Get to the track to cheer the Champ to victory! Post Time is 1:30 and admission as always is FREE! Read the press release here.
The Perfect Finish!
Drew Campbell closed out the 2016 summer meet on a winning note on Tuesday (9/13), just getting up at the wire with The Perfect Dream to nose out Louis Gasbarro and Astreos Delight in the tightest of photo finishes! The Downs will now go on hiatus for the next five weeks as harness racing heads out on it's fairground swing ... Opening Day of the Fall meet is slated for October 14th! See you all back at the track next month! - photo by Michael Newman.
Who's our Favorite Beatle?
Dan Deslandes held the hot hand at the Downs on Monday (9/12) as the man in the red & green colors teamed three winners down Victory Lane! Here he coasts to the finish with the Randy Bickmore trained Ringo, one of three training wins on the card for Bickmore! You have just one more day to catch all the excitement of harness racing at the Downs as we close out our Summer Meet on Tuesday with a 1:30 post time! Make sure to Get to the Track one final time! - photo by Michael Newman.
Western Stepp Draws Clear!
Western Stepp sped to her sixth consecutive win on Sunday (9/11) as the three-year-old filly pacing division of the Maine Sire Stakes program made it's final stop at the Downs before heading out onto the fall fairground circuit next week. With the division winnowed down to six starters at this point in the year, Sunday's contest might well prove a valid preview of the Final which is scheduled for Saturday October 15 when Scarborough launches the fall/winter portion of it's 2016 meet! We can't wait for Festival of Champions Day!- photo by Michael Newman.
He Looks Over His Shoulder and Nobody's Coming!
Dana Childs made his first start as a driver in over a year on Saturday (9/10) and wasted precious little time displaying the front-end ability that has always been the hallmark of his arsenal! Affectionately known along the backstretch as "The Aging Hippie", Childs kept the field at bay around the final turn before sprinting to an open lengths victory with his newest roster member, Go West Lucky Cam! Here's to a couple of veteran performers who still have what it takes to land in the Winner's Circle! - photo by Derek Davis.
Just Do It Jimmy!
Jimmy Whittemore was all smiles while crossing the finish line on Sunday (9/4) while collecting the third of his four wins on the day with the pacer Just Do It Jesse! Life is pretty darn fun when you belt out a Grand Slam Day at the track! - photo by Michael Newman.
Quantum Lightning Strikes at The Downs!
Quantum Lightning ditched the hopples and made his very first start free-legged on Saturday (9/3) and then quickly rewarded his connections with his very first win in nearly two years! Nicknamed "The Little Red Trotter", he is owned and lovingly cared for by Katie Flaherty, but no one seemd any more jubilant at the win than Katie's husband Kevin who was first to meet the chestnut in the winner's circle. The victory sparked the beginning of a festive celebration at the Downs! We bet the party is still going strong! - photo by Derek Davis.
Purple Power Comes Through!
Adrian Wisher, Jr scored the second win of his driving career on Sunday (8/28) during Maine Amateur Driving Club competition, driving a pacer named Body Guard, a member of his own personal training roster. The Fans went wild for Adrian as "Purple Power" came through on the raceway once more! - photo by Michael Newman.
Veal Marsala is M'm! M'm Good!
Veal Marsala turned in a delectable performance on Saturday (8/27), holding off the dinner time rush at the wire, to secure the 64th win of his illustrious career. The victory was the second on the program for both driver Jimmy Whittemore and trainer Jamie Gerard as the duo completed a rather tasty day at the races! - photo by Michael Newman.
Twin Trotting Records Fall on Friday Card!Speedy horses and a lightning fast track created the perfect conditions for a couple of new Track Record performances on Friday (8/26) as Tango Pirate and Cherry Crown Jewel conspired to rewrite the record books together! Check out these beautiful trotters as they cross the finish line (photos below) and read the press release here. What a great day to be at the races! - photos by Michael Newman.
Tango Pirate made it two wins in a row on Friday (8/26) while blazing to a new track record of 1:58.1 for 4-year-old geldings!
Cherry Crown Jewel is the new track record holder in the 4-year-old trotting mare division by virtue of her blazing 1:57.4 score on Friday (8/26)!
Bruizn is Cruizn!
The two-year-old trotting divisions of the Maine Sire Stakes program made their final appearance of the season at the Downs on Sunday (8/21) and Dennis and Deborah Foss' Maine-bred, Bruizn, took the opportunity to race to a brand new lifetime best clocking of 2:03, taking 4 full seconds off his previous best. Hats off to the rookie high-stepper who appears to be finding his best stride, just one start removed from the freshman finals! - photo by Derek Davis.
Campbell Can Fly!
Drew Campbell wasted precious little time finding the Winner's Circle on Saturday (8/20) as he won for fun with the free-legged veteran, Can You Fly, in the very first race! The win was the first of the year for the Donna Smith trained pacer, and one of three on the day for Campbell, who now sits just one win away from Eddie Davis, Jr and the top spot in the Drivers Standings! - photo by Michael Newman.
Campbell's on the March!
Drew Campbell's star is surely on the ascendancy right now, as the perennial powerhouse romped victorious three times on Friday (8/19), to inch within four wins of Eddie Davis, Jr and the top spot in the current Driver Standings! Check out this study in concentration as Drew closes out his nifty day with a gate-to-wire win aboard Royal Hawaii in the finale! When Campbell launches a hot streak it's time to climb aboard for the ride! - photo by Michael Newman.
Big Smile from Little Switz!
Garrett Switzer was all smiles after celebrating his Dad's 2000th driving win on Family Fun Day!
A Win for Wisher!
Adrian Wisher, Jr scored the very first win of his driving career on Sunday (8/14) with a determined effort behind a pacer from his own stable named Body Guard! That grin on Wisher's face is well deserved indeed!What an amazing day at the races! - photo by Michael Newman.
Dead Heat for the Win!
The finishes were close and exciting all throughout the twilight card on Saturday (8/13) but none were tighter at the wire than the battle between Call Me The Breeze (left) and JJF's Miss Carolyn. When the dust had settled and the crowd had hushed, the photo finish camera could not separate these two, and the mares were declared co-winners by the judges! There's always room for big celebrations in the winner's circle at the Downs! - photo by Derek Davis.
Welcome to the Mr. 2000 Club!
Kevin Switzer, Jr joined the prestigious "Mr. 2000 Club" on Sunday (8/7), notching the milestone win with a powerful performance in the $10,000 Howie Bamford Memorial Invitational. Driving for his father, the 29-year-old Switzer positioned Race Me Villa in the pocket behind the expected speed of A Sweet Ride before pouncing three-wide through the final turn to secure the narrow victory over the hard-charging Escape The News before a jam packed crowd on Family Fun Day! What a dramatic way to earn your 2000th career win! Way to go KS-2! - photo by Derek Davis.
Family Fun Day is Sunday!
Family Fun Day, a day of harness racing education and excitement, is always one of the red letter days on the Scarborough Downs calendar! Kids of all agaes will have a ball at the Downs on Sunday (8/7) so ... Get to the Track for Family Fun Day!
A Hat Trick for Switzer!
Alternat Thursdays scored the 35th win of his career on Friday (8/5) as the classy veteran held off a determined stretch bid from Keystone Wallace. The victory was one of three on the day for driver Kevin Switzer, Jr who now sits just five away from joining the 2000 win club! Why not come watch history in the making this weekend at Scarborough Downs! - photo by Michael Newman.
Campbell in Command!
Drew Campbell held the hot hand on Sunday (7/31) as the man in the orange and black colors closed out the month of July with four wins on the card as he moved into second place on the seasonal leaders' board! Here he secures his first win of the day with a powerful performance behind Reys N A Commotion! Grand Slam Drew is clearly on the march! - photo by Derek Davis.
Noble Yaz Hits a Homerun!
Maine Sire Stakes action came to the Downs on Saturday (7/30) and when Noble Yaz stepped up to the plate, he not only won for the first time in his career, he equaled a track record for 3-year-old trotting geldings in the process! Stopping the clock in 2:00 flat, he and driver Nick Graffam etched their names in the Scarborough annals, joining Bad Boy Billy who established the standard during the Maine Sire Stakes Finals of 2009. Way to hit one out of the park guys! - photo by Michael Newman.
Noses Apart at the Wire ... Aggravator Hold On!
In one Friday's (7/29) most exciting stretch battles, Aggravator, sporting that fashionable yellow hood, dug way down deep to hold off the persistent charge of Tyler's Rendevous as the duo duked it out to the wire! The win was the first of the year for the veteran pacer and one of three on the card for top-rated driver Drew Campbell! Twilight racing in Maine just can't be beat! - photo by Michael Newman.
Sire Stakes Success continues for Switzer!
The Kevin Switzer roster remained on sizzle setting Thursday (7/28) as his state-bred band of youngsters continued it's dominating ways in Maine Sire Stakes action. The freshman colt pacing division was the latest to be swept by Switzer's rising tide as his stable convincingly grabbed top honors in both of the $9524 stakes splits on the twilight card. Bilt For Desire (above) broke his maiden on Thursday timed in a brisk 1:58.4 while his stable-mate, Prince Of The Forest won his third consecutive sire stakes start - All with Kevin Switzer, Jr. in the sulky. What a great day for this father and son team at the Downs! - photo by Michael Newman.
One Cool Cat!
Ashlee's Cool Gal swooped the group on Sunday(7/24) to claim top honors in the $6000 Distaff Free For All with driver Drew Campbell engineering the perfect strategy! The win was her 4th of the season but her 1st "top class" victory since April when she put together 2 wins in-a-row! Will this Maine-bred mare get streaky once again? Check her out in action at the races next weekend - Only at the Downs! - photo by Derek Davis.
The Switzers Swagger at Scarborough!
Saturday (7/23) was a great day for anything connected to the Family Switzer, as the clan in black and blue colors absolutely dominated the action at the Downs! Three horses trained by Kevin Switzer (The Elder) sped down Victory Lane including two driven by the 59-year-old teamster himself, while Kevin Switzer, Jr paraded two of his own into the winner's circle as well. Most impressively though, the father and son combination teamed up to claim the biggest prize on the program as Ladies Love Outlaws took top honors in her $10,187 Maine Sire Stakes division, with the son expertly driving the filly trained by his dad. Harness Racing, family style, is pretty fun to watch! - photo by Michael Newman.
One race removed from recording a new lifetime mark last weekend, Pembroke Boogie waltzed to victory once again on Friday (7/22) nailing her 54th career trip down Victory Lane. The win was one of three on the twilight program for driver Drew Campbell who appears to have met his perfect dancing partner in Pembroke Boogie! - photo by Michael Newman.
Names Muscle - Track Record Trotter!
For the second straight day, Track Records were rewritten at Scarborough Downs, with NamesMuscle closing out the weekend speedshow by establishing a brand new trotting standard for four-year-old geldings on Sunday (7/15). Driven by Mark Athearn, the William Phipps owned trotter spun a zippy 1:58.2 epic, subplanting the previous benchmark of 1:58.4 set by the legendary Victory Tax in 2010.This photo shows Names Muscle (right) holding off a determined charge from Bryan's Angel, who ironically holds the track record (1:58.3) for four-year-old mares. What a great day to witness a Battle of Champions at the Downs! - photo by Michael Newman.
Jasmine K - The Sweet Smell of a Track Record!
Jasmine K came up smelling like a rose as she etched her name onto the Scarborough Downs roll of honor, while equaling the track record for three-year-old filly trotters, with an effortless 1:59.3 clocking on Saturday (7/16). Owned, trained and driven by Kevin Switzer, the homebred daughter of Master Lavec/Visioness K tied the standard established by Bibbidi Boo during the 2015 edition of Scarborough's Festival of Champions, and appeared under wraps as she extended to a 6-1/4 length margin at the wire. The Delaware-bred sophomore appears to be thoroughly enjoying her summer-time sojourn in Maine, so tune in next week to see how much faster she can go. This filly can outright fly! - photo by Michael Newman.
A Six Pack for Switzer!
Kevin Switzer, Jr. held the hot hand at Scarborough Downs on Friday (7/15) as the man in "Black and Blue" put a bruising on his fellow drivers, scoring 6 wins from the 8 race program! Switzer currently resides in second place in the local drivers standing, but impressively is ranked the third best percentage driver in all of North America with a hefty .413 Universal Driver Rating. Here he scores his 3rd win of the day with Mystican, holding off a determined stretch run from Call Me Hal to seal the deal at the wire! What a great day for KS-2! - photo by Michael Newman.
She came up Smelling Like A Rose!
Meadows Rosebud made the very first start of her career on Sunday (7/10) and not only did she walk away with an impressive win but did it in a $9893 Maine Sire Stakes event just for good measure! What a great way to get things started on your very first trip to the track! Sire Stakes racing returns to the Downs on Thursday and Saturday of next week so, why not Get to the Track?- photo by Derek Davis.
First Win for Matty Athearn!
Just one day removed from turning 18 and having his driver's license elevated to "Provisional" status, Matty Athearn wasted precious little time in finding the winner's circle, securing his very first win at an extended meet in his very first start at the Downs! Check the action in the bike as he teams Southwind Inferno first across the finish line after keeping the pacer brave on the lead on Saturday (7/9) - A promising career has only just begun! - photo by Michael Newman.
40th Career Victory Lap for My Time Hanover!
Class came through during Friday's (7/8) twilight card as My Time Hanover scored the 40th win of his stellar career. The 11-year-old veteran, who once matched strides with the likes of SomeBeachSomeWhere, Santana Blue Chip and Shadow Play, has been a stalwart campaigner in the the local claiming events ever since arriving in Maine back in June of 2012. What a gritty campaigner and what a fanatastic accomplishment! Way to go old fella! - photo by Michael Newman.
King of the Trotters - Mark Athearn!
Driver Mark Athearn continues to build upon on his growing reputation as one of the most capable teamsters when it comes to guiding rookie trotters down Victory Lane. Here he confidently pilots King Cast to the colt's second straight Maine Sire Stakes win for Hall of Fame trainer Don Richards on Thursday (7/7). What great trotters these these two have developed together and what a formidable partnership Athearn and Richards have built over the years - A partnership that certainly enjoyed plenty of success today! - photo by Michael Newman.
Way to go Lucky!
Week after week, Lucks Gotta Change brings out the largest cheering section of any horse racing at the track and week after week they boisterously root her home! Sunday (7/3) her loyal fans were rewarded with a blazing gate to wire win timed in a seasonal best 1:56.3 with driver Nick Graffam teaming her home! What an all around GREAT effort from Team Lucky! - photo by Michael Newman.
Kisses for the Winner!
GonnaKissMeorNot remained undefeated on the season as she cruised to her fourth consecutive score in front of an enthusiastic crowd on Saturday (7/2) at the Downs. The freshman champion of her Maine Sire Stakes division last season, this Maine-bred lass has wasted precious little time serving notice that she's fully up to the task of adding the sophomore crown to her trophy cabinet in 2016! What an impressive filly! - photo by Derek Davis.
Maine Sire Stakes action resumed at The Downs on Friday (7/1) as the two-year-old colt pacers took center stage, and Mic Woodrow wasted precious time in taking on an early starring role in the division as he cruised to his first lifetime win with driver/trainer Michael Graffam calling the shots. The precocious freshman claimed half of the $9524 purse in the process - All and all a very profitable day for the Maine-bred boy! - photo by Derek Davis.
From Mt Olympus to Scarborough Downs - Persephonie Rules!
In Greek mythology, Persephonie ruled as the Queen of the Underworld and was heralded as the goddess of Spring, but here in Maine, her namesake waited for summer to be in full bloom before heralding the start of Maine Sire Stakes season at Scarborough Downs! Kevin Switzer, Jr. guided her to her first career win on Thursday's (6/30) card, capturing the lion's share of the rich $9719 stakes purse - A victory befitting a goddess indeed! - photo by Michael Newman.
Dan Deslandes - MR. 500!
Dan Deslandes (right) seemingly held off a charge from the ENTIRE 7th race field on Sunday (6/26) to record the 500th win of his driving career! What a race it was and what a career its been for the 23-year-old teamster - Here's to 500 more! Go Dan GO! - read the press release here - photo by Michael Newman.
You Lean Left - I'll Lean Right!
Whichever way he chose to lean, driver Aaron Hall certainly had his horse pointed in the right direction as he guided Had To Be Me to victory in Maine Amateur Driving Club competition on Saturday (6/25). While currently sitting in 3rd pace in the Trainers Standings, Hall has also been making the most of his limited appearances in the sulky this year, now claiming victory in 3 of his 4 seasonal starts! Way to go Aaron! - photo by Michael Newman.
Kisses (top) and CCC (bottom), full siblings separated in age by just one year, both raced on the Friday (6/24) card at Scarborough Downs and both sped to a brand new lifetime mark in the process! Little Sis, Kisses, took top honors in the 4th and not to be outdone, Big Bro, CCC, quickly followed suit in the 7th! Surely, there will be plenty of "Family Style" bragging going on at the barn tonight! - photo by Michael Newman.
The Switzer Swagger!
Kevin Switzer, Jr held the hot hand on Thursday (6/23) winning FIVE consecutive races on the twilight program! Here he completes his epic streak by putting a brand new lifetime mark on JPATCH - Stopping the clock in a sizzling 1:56.1! What an EXCELLENT DAY for KS-2! - photo by Michael Newman.
Grand Slam Day for Drew!
Drew Campbell continued to hold the hot hand on Sunday (6/19), as the man in orange and black steered four more winners down Victory Lane, to give him a nifty baker's dozen of top place scores for the weekend! What a weekend for Drew! - photo by Michael Newman!
A Sweet Ride - On Cruise Control!
A Sweet Ride continued his dominance in New England pacing circles on Saturday (6/18) as he scored his third consecutive top-class victory. Two of those wins came here at the Downs, sandwiched around a sterling appearance at the Ridge last week! Who's the "Beast of the Northeast"? A Sweet Ride! - photo by Derek Davis.
New Track record for Midnite Craze!
Midnite Craze and driver Ivan Davies cruised to a brand new track record on Friday (6/17), stopping the clock in a blazing 1:57 to equal the overall track standard for trotters and become the fastest aged gelding in the 66 year history of the seaside oval! What a day at the races! Read the press release here - photo by Michael Newman.
A Six Pack for Drew!
Drew Campbell put on a demonstration of "powerhouse style" driving on Thursday as the man in orange and black claimed victory six times on the card - The most wins on one day from any one driver thus far this year! What a dominant day for Drew! - photo by Michael Newman.
A Grand Slam Kind of Day!
Grand Slams were the order of the day on Saturday (6/11) as both Kevin Switzer, Jr and Eddie Davis, Jr scored 4 wins apiece on the Belmont Stakes program at the Downs. Here, Switzer completes his Grand Slam with the aptly named Noble's Grand Slam! What a great way to conclude the 2016 Triple Crown Season! - photo by Michael Newman.
Naturally Noble is Naturally Awesome!
Naturally Noble (right) proved that there's still plenty of speed left in his veteran legs as the grand 14-year-old campaigner earned his first win, of this, his final season at the races on Friday (6/10)! The cagey old war horse scored bonus style points in the process too, stopping the clock in a blistering 1:56.4 - The fastest mile recorded on the program! Way to show the youngsters a thing or two old fella! - photo by Michael Newman.
Kevin Switzer, Jr held the hot hand at the Downs on Sunday (6/5) winning the final three races on the foggy afternoon including the $6000 Distaff Free For All with Doc Pound's Precious Rose. Joining the crew for the winner's circle photo was George Kerr (far left), co-owner of Belmont Stakes hopeful Exaggerator! Here's hoping the next time we see George in the winner's circle it's next Saturday afternoon at Belmont Park!Remember, post time for the Belmont card at Scarborough Downs will be at 2:00 next Saturday! - photo by Michael Newman.
Cool Runnings - Perfect at the Downs!
Cool Runnings might be a "horse of a different color" but he also fits the "Horses for Courses" theory right to a tee! The veteran pacer is now a perfect 3 for 3 when racing at Scarborough Downs this season after scorching a 1:55.2 mile on Saturday (6/4) afternoon! The win was one of 3 on the program for leading driver Eddie Davis, Jr. who co-owns Cool Runnings with State Rep. Dustin White of Presque Isle! Talk about tripling your pleasure! - photo by Michael Newman.
Alternat Thursdays wins on Friday!
Friday twilight racing made its seasonal debut on June 3 but a horse with "Thursday" in his name claimed victory in the $6000 Free For All Trot! The classy Alternat Thursdays (right) held off a late cavalry charge to win the 44th race of his brilliant career and get driver Kevin Switzer, Jr home for his second win on the program! Twilight racing rocks at the Downs! - photo by Michael Newman.
Twilight Racing starts Friday - 4:30 Post Time!
Glow Stick Sparkles!
Race mares have been known to get streaky at times, and Glow Stick is certainly in the middle of an extremely favorable spell right now. Sunday (5/29) she scored her 2nd consecutive fast-class win in a torrid 1:56.4, the 2nd fastest mile of the weekend at the Downs! The win was one of two on the program for driver Dan Deslandes, helping to cement his current spot in third place on the leader's board! What a great team they make! - photo by Michael Newman.
The Midnight Owl Soars!
14-year-old veteran, The Midnight Owl N, took the kids to school on Saturday (5/28), swooping the field in the stretch to secure the 40th victory of his stellar career! By rule, standardbreds face mandatory retirement following their 14-year-old seasons, and this veteran war horse seems intent on going out on his own terms! Way to go old fella!- photo by Michael Newman.
Party at the Track!
Scarborough Downs remains your perfect party destination whatever the occasion. Whether its a bachelor party, birthday party, family gathering or just a bunch of friends looking for an exiting afternoon adventure, a day at the track just can't be beat! Give us a call (883-4331 X1002) to reserve your party space at the Downs! Snazzy dress encouraged but not required! - photo by Derek Davis.
Exagerrator Wins the Preakness!
Exaggerator, whose ownership group includes the Kerr Brothers of Old Orchard Beach, Maine, romped in the mud at Pimlico Racecourse on Saturday (5/21) to claim the well earned victory in the 141st running of the Triple Crown classic! We guess they weren't EXAGGERATING when they said he was a mudder! Congratulations all around and off to The Belmont on June 11th!
Absolut Grand Slam!
Dan Deslandes had an absolutely amazing day on Saturday (5/21) teaming four winners down Victory Lane in front of the huge Preakness Stakes crowd at the Downs! Here he caps off the day with a well earned win behind Tony Absolut in the finale ... Way to go Grand Slam Dan!- photo by Derek Davis.
Great Day for Graffam!
Nick Graffam edged into third place in the driver's standings on Sunday (5/15) after tallying three top scores over the course of the weekend's action. Here he confidently glides down Victory Lane with his Mom's horse, Funny Lena, one of two wins for the up-and-comer on Sunday! Way to go! - photo by Michael Newman.
Eddie is Ready to Rock 'n Roll!
Eddie Davis, Jr. had the joint rocking on Saturday (5/14) with all the fans singing his praises following his electrifying five win performance on the summer's first twilight card! Davis has completely dominated the action at the Downs over the last two weekends, having won 15 of the last 32 races programmed at the track! Guess who we're betting on Sunday?!!! - photo by Michael Newman.
Ryan Hall - Mr. 100!
Ryan Hall expertly controlled the tempo on Sunday (5/8) steering the pretty chestnut mare, Luscious Leigh, down Victory Lane in the afternoon's very first race. The win was the 100th in the 26-year-old teamster's career! Way to go Ryan! - photo by Michael Newman.
Congratulations to 2016 Kentucky Derby winner, NYQUIST, who remained a perfect 8 for 8 on his career with today's classic score! And what a great performance from state-of-Maine connected EXAGGERATOR, who rallied for the runner-up spot just 1-1/2 lengths off the winner! We can't wait for the rematch in the Preakness on May 21st!
A Six-Pack for Eddie!
Eddie Davis, Jr. absolutely ruled the raceway on Saturday (5/7) winning 6 of the 12 races programmed in front of the overflowing crowd on Kentucky Derby Day! Here he glides down Victory Lane with Precious Rose, whose owner was away at Churchill Downs to witness the actual Run for the Roses! How's that for precious poetry? - photo by Derek Davis.
Allstar Gal - Grandslam Dan!
AllStar Gal came through in a BIG way on Sunday (5/1) as the gritty race mare won for the 20th time in her career! Just as noteworthy though, the trip down Victory Lane was one of four on the card for driver Dan Deslandes who put together his biggest day yet this season! What a great day to be at the track!- photo by Michael Newman.
Classy Corky Baran!
Class came through on Saturday (4/30) at the Downs as the 13-year-old veteran Corky Baran crossed over the $700K level in career earnings with a determined win! To make the occasion even more special, Saturday was the birthday of Corky Baran's new owner, Ellie Grady! What better way to spend your birthday than in the Winner's Circle! Congratulations all around! - photo by Derek Davis.
The Frank Petrelli roster came to the forefront on Sunday (4/24), sending three winners proudly down Victory Lane including Ms So Long Bye Bye, pictured here! The wins propelled the Petrelli barn to second place in the current trainers standings at the conclusion of our 5th week of racing at the Downs ... Congratulations guys! - photo by Michael Newman.
Noses apart at the Wire!
A Sweet Ride (#6) and JJ'S Jet (#5) hooked up in the most intense stretch battle of the season on Saturday (4-23) with JJ's Jet finally overcoming his rival by a mere whisker at the wire! The win was the 5th victory of the day for driver Drew Campbell who simply put on a clinic at the raceway! What a great day to be at the track! - photo by Derek Davis.
Fox Valley Shannon, an 11-year-old veteran, continues to race at the top of her game this year and more than lived up to her reputation as one of the surest bets to be found in the local trotting ranks by scoring the 50th win of her career on Sunday (4/17). The win was the first of four on the program for her regular driver Drew Campbell too - What a great match this trotter and driver make! - photo by Derek Davis.
Davis hits a GRANDSLAM!
Eddie Davis, Jr. continued his mastery at the raceway on Saturday (4/16) as the man in the red and white colors steered four winners down victory lane while cementing his current status as top driver at the Downs! Here he holds off a cavalry charge to secure the win with Lady's Bag Man, stacking the competition four deep across the wire! What a great day for Davis! - photo by Michael Newman.
She was a Young American!
Young American earned top class glory in her third local attempt on Sunday (4/10) after recently touring the entire country while relocating from California to Maine. Here she coasts down victory lane after holding her competition at bay through a sterling back-half timed in 57.4! What a great day to be a Young American! - photo by Derek Davis.
The only thing we have to fear is ... Fear Itself!
Steve Nason employed a brilliantly executed front-end strategy to get Fear Itself across the battle field and home on top during Saturday's (4/9) feature race at the Downs. We're pretty sure that even FDR himself would approve! - photo by Michael Newman.
A Horse of a Different Color!
Gray horses are gorgeous animals, but none were more stunning than Sham's Big Guy on Sunday (4/3) as he coasted gate to wire with catch-driver Chris Nye engineering the winning strategy. The win was the 25th of the career for the 12-year-old pacer and the first in Maine for the recent Ohio transplant! What a great performance! - photo by Derek Davis.
Cushing Cruises to First Scarborough Score!
Mitchell Cushing (left) made his very first start as a Provisional Driver on Saturday (4/2) and wasted precious little time in finding the Scarborough Winners Circle. Here he keeps Sign Of Thunder brave all the way to the finish-line, capping off a great gate to wire performance in the afternoon's first race! While this may have been the first "P" win for Cushing, it was the 50th career score for Sign Of Thunder ... What a great combination this rookie and veteran make! - photo by Michael Newman.
All ya gotta know is ... Joey Mo!
Joey Mosher cruised to victory in the final race of Opening Weekend at Scarborough Downs with a win behind Skyway Shania on Sunday (3/27). It was the 28th career win for the Jason Vafiades owned mare who crossed over the $100K lifetime earnings mark in the process. Congratulations all around! - photo by Derek Davis.
A Sweet Day for Sowers!
Trainer Bo Sowers and driver Eddie Davis, Jr combined forces to absolutely dominate the action at the Downs on Saturday (3/26) with each scoring Grand Slam performances on the Opening Day card! Here, Davis glides to victory with a newcomer to the Sowers roster, Clubber Lang, in the very first race of the 2016 season! What a great day we had at the races on Saturday! - photo by Michael Newman.
Are You Ready for Opening Day?
Auld Lang Syne to 2015!
Scarborough Downs concluded the 2015 meeting on Sunday (12/6) and enthusiastic fans rushed to the fences to witness exciting races along with the presentation of the much anticipated year end awards. Drew Campbell once again topped the drivers colony while Randy Bickmore ruled the roost on the trainers side. Here they accept their awards along with Richard Knight and friend who were feted with the Distaff Claimer of the Year trophy for 13-race winner Luv A Lot Hanover! Opening Day of the 2016 season is slated for March 26 - We can't wait for spring! - photo by Michael Newman.
Jimmy Whittemore, a state of Maine native and top-rated pilot from Vernon Downs, has made an immediate impact at Scarborough Downs since joining the local drivers colony last weekend. The man in Red and White now boasts 4 wins at the Seaside Oval, while hitting the board in an astounding 12 of 16 starts since making his way north from his home base in New York. Here, Jimmy can't hide his enthusiasm as he guides Burl Hanover down victory lane, securing the 35th career win for the veteran pacer! Go Jimmy Go! - photo by Derek Davis.
2015 Retirement Ceremony
Sassy Sarah was one of nine 14-year-old standarbreds who were honored on Sunday (11/29) as the veteran campaigners approach mandatory retirement at the conclusion of the year. Joining her in parading one final time in front of their adoring fans were, Armbro Brando, Foreign Authority, Go Nano Go, Lacy Asset, Northern Regent, Rupert Rupert, Saku and The Quiet Village. We extend our congratulations on their brilliant careers and wish nothing but green pastures in their futures! - photo by Derek Davis.
Who is that Masked Mare?
Juniata County got the action off to an exciting start on Friday (11/27) as the veteran trotting mare scored the 30th win of her career while sporting her fashionable fly mask! Driver Dude Goodblood grabbed the early lead and never looked back as he steered the steady course down Victory Lane. Congratulations all around! - photo by Michael Newman.
Sassy Sarah Goes out a WINNER!
Driver Drew Campbell seems particularly pleased as the classy 14-year-old veteran, Sassy Sarah crosses the finish line on top Sunday (11/22) to register her 64th win in what might well prove to be the final start of her magnificent career! All standarbreds face mandatory retirement at the conclusion of their 14-year-old season and Scarborough Downs will be sending 7 of them off in grand style next Sunday (11/29) as we host our annual Standardbred Retirement Ceremony after the 6th race on the card. Make your plans to attend as Sassy Sarah and the rest parade one final time in front of their adoring fans! - photo by Michael Newman.
Aggravating the Competition!
Aggravator made his first start for new connections on Friday (11/20) and quickly joined the hit parade led by torrid teamster Kevin Switzer, Jr. The win was one of three on the day for KS-2 to go along with four runner-up placings on the 8-race program ... Can anyone say DOMINATING PERFORMANCE? - photo by Michael Newman.
Unraveling the Mystery of Winning!
Unraveled mastered the winning stride on Sunday (11/15), winning for the very first time this season, with catch-driver Ryan Hall urging him home! What a perfect afternoon to be at the races! - photo by Derek Davis.
JJ's Jet - Breaking the Sound Barrier!
JJ's Jet literally FLEW around the oval on Saturday (11/14) en route to taking a brand new speed record of 1:54 with driver/trainer Drew Campbell sitting the cockpit seat! Fast miles like that aren't supposed to happen on chilly November days in Maine but we guess someone forgot to tell JJ's Jet that! The win was one of four on the program for Drew Campbell too! Congratulations Guys!- photo by Michael Newman.
Veni Vidi Vici
The South Portland Latin Club made their annual field trip to Scarborough Downs on Friday (11/13) in order to witness the spectacle of harness racing - The closest thing to Chariot Racing to be found in southern Maine! Here, members of the club join Livid Luke and driver Drew Campbell in the winners circle after a well fought battle - Victori Spolia! - photo by Michael Newman.
Kevin Switzer, Jr completely dominated the action on Sunday (11/8) spinning 5 winners down Victory Lane while finishing in the runner-up spot with 2 other steeds! Here he zooms to his second victory of the day behind Mc Play Girl, returning a generous $10.20 win ticket and keying a $90.20 exacta return to the fans who rode the coat tails of KS-2 early on in the card! There were lots of BIG WINNERS at the Downs on Sunday! - photo by Michael Newman.
Sailor Jerry - Full Speed Ahead!
Sailor Jerry made his first overnight start following a successful Maine Sire Stakes career on Saturday (11/7) and promptly set course toward a brand new lifetime speed record of 1:58.2! The win was one of two on the program for driver Nick Graffam who was certainly looking ship shape and seaworthy in the sulky! Way to go guys! - photo by Derek Davis.
Midnite Craze in Track Record Performance!
Midnite Craze and driver Ivan Davies spun an epic mile on Friday (11/6), tripping the tele-timer in 1:57.1 while equaling the track record for aged gelding trotters! It's always a great day for track record performances! - read the press release here - photo by Michael Newman.
Darlington Stripe Streaks Down Victory Lane!
Darlington Stripe remained the hottest commodity at the raceway this weekend as the Maine-bred superstar rolled to her 5th consecutive score on Sunday (11/1). Trainer Steve La Casse, taking a turn in the sulky here, aggressively steered the 5-year-old mare to an open-length jiggy-jog timed in a zippy 1:56.2 as her bankroll pushed past the $30K level on the season! We'll watch for her this winter campaigning at Pomano Park while recalling all the thrills she gave us at the Downs this summer! - photo by Michael Newman.
Trick or Treat!
Halloween is the perfect time for masquerade and on Saturday (10/31) driver Bo Sowers got right into the spirit of the holiday, scoring the win behind Noble's Grand Slam while dressing up in a borrowed set of colors! The strategy proved ghoulishly effective as Noble's Grand Slam won for the 50th time in his career! Congratulations to the veteran campaigner! - photo by Derek Davis.
Gray Horses Battling to the Wire!
Silkies Dream and Kevin Switzer, Jr held off a determined late charge from Logan Run and Irv Mauran as horses of a different color conspired to deliver a $24.60 exacta return on Friday (10-30)! You just can't beat beautiful grays racing whiskers apart on a crisp fall afternoon - And the price was right too! - photo by Michael Newman.
Deslandes is the Man!
Dan Deslandes held the hot hand on Thursday (10/29) steering three winners down Victory Lane, including this impressive score behind Fairytale Prince, who nailed his 10th win of the season timed in 1:55.4! Yet another magical day at the Downs! - photo by Michael Newman.
Festival of Champions a Roaring Success!
- photo by Michael Newman.
Heath Campbell with Pembroke Bada Bing took advantage of the uncharacteristic break, at the start, of undefeated Hes A Castoff. The sighs were loud in the clubhouse when Hes A Castoff jumped it off and Campbell looked to his right knowing that his early challenger would not be in the battle. Pembroke Bada Bing grabbed the lead quite easily and really didn’t have an anxious moment as Corupt Commishner made a futile attempt in stretch to catch the winner and had to settle for second while Dusty Venture who sat beside Pembroke Bada Bing, for most of the backstretch, tired to finish third. Pembroke Bada Bing is the son of Current Cast and may have done something that has never been done before. Last week at Plainridge Park Casino he won the finals of the Massachusetts Sire Stakes. It has been a good year and a better past few weeks for trainer Valerie Grondin who ranks third for trainers in the 10-299 category with a .511 UDRS. Owner Bill Varney of Bangor, ME. also owns the mare to this colt (Phoenicia Hanover) and saw another foal of hers win last night at Hollywood Casino Bangor with Pembroke Castaway. Pembroke Bada Bing covered the mile in 2:02.4. - photo by Derek Davis.
MAINE STANDARDBRED BREEDERS STAKES 2 YEAR OLD COLTS AND GELDINGS FINAL - $54,733
Mike Graffam with Analyze displayed her talents to the large Scarborough Downs crowd that were denied last year as this daughter of Neutralize, in 2014, was a bit off trying to overcome a sickness in those finals. This year in good health she did the same overland march again but this time she carried herself all the way to the winners circle in a lifetime equaling best of 1:59. William Arnold, Richard Shaw, and Michael Graffam, all of Maine, own this tough sophomore pacer who had to get it done from post position eight. Mike Graffam, who also trains Analyze, owns the mare to this filly, Analytical, and has another possible champion on the way as he also owns the full brother to this filly by the name of Heisenberg
MAINE STANDARDBRED BREEDERS STAKES 3 YEAR OLD FILLIES PACE FINAL - $85,437
- photo by Michael Newman.
MAINE STANDARDBRED BREEDERS STAKES 2 YEAR OLD FILLIES FINAL - $54,550Six went postward and five of them watched the superior performance of Ron Cushing with Gonnakissmeornot. The daughter of Noble Venture recorded a track equaling mile of 2:03 as she recorded her eighth win in 10 starts. This two year old brought her bankroll to just over $70,000 for owners Lynn-Marie Plouffe and Ronald Cushing, both from Maine and Kevin Sywyk of Michigan. Heidi Gibbs trains this filly is averaging just under a 25% win average with her stable. The dam, Wild Pine Princess, is owned by longtime owner/breeder Mike Andrew of Gorham, ME. In a post-race interview Ron Cushing thanked his longtime owner, Kevin Sywyk, for his loyal support in over 25 years of partnering.
- photo by Derek Davis
MAINE STANDARDBRED BREEDERS STAKES 2 YEAR OLD FILLIES FINAL - $54,783There is something special when you have raced the mare of a champion and that special feeling was felt by owner Dirk Duncan. Dirk raced French Stepp, the dam of Western Stepp, for many years with the assistance of his wife Sharon. Western Stepp, the daughter of Western Maverick, battled a bit in the beginning but held a little something for the end as she went by favorites Racing For Rick and Ladiesloveoutlaws coming for home. Driver Drew Campbell introduced Western Stepp to her first winners circle picture as she went an impressive 1:58.3. Dr. Denise McNitt interviewed emotional trainer Jim Dunn after the race and it was noted that this was his first finals champion. Dunn said that when this filly wasn’t racing well early on that many said that she should be turned out. Dunn consulted his wife and she said that he should continue on and continuing on the filly did. Dunn’s owner partnership with Duncan should see some more exciting races as the mare of this filly campaigned for 8 years and recording 45 wins in 155 starts. - photo by Michael Newman. - photo by Michael Newman
The Campbell, Grondin and Varney team did it again this time with Pembroke Jack B. For much of the year the son of CR Power Glide had been watching the tail of Broadway Cast but this day saw a different view. When the photo was developed it was Campbell’s steed edging out Broadway Cast in the slimmest of margins. The timer recorded a new lifetime mark for Pembroke Jack B of 2:01.1., with his fifth win of the year. Campbell stated in the winners’ circle that it was nice to set a new lifetime mark in the biggest race of the year.
MAINE STANDARDBRED BREEDERS STAKES 3 YEAR OLD COLTS AND GELDINGS FINAL - $85,416
- photo by Derek Davis
MAINE STANDARDBRED BREEDERS STAKES 3 YEAR OLD FILLIES FINAL - $85,426 Well the combination of Campbell, Grondin and Varney added another smiling face to the Festival of Champions as Lynn Marie Plouffe, who co-owns with Varney, saw Bibbido Boo set a new track record for three year old filly trotters in 1:59.3. Bibbido Boo grabbed the early lead then surrendered to favorite Tropical Trice for just a short period as then Campbell asked for some speed and some distance and got it as she trotted away at the 5/8’s marker and went on in the easiest of fashions. Dr. Denise McNitt asked Lynn Marie Plouffe about this filly and Plouffe said that she wanted to sell her but couldn’t find a buyer so she asked Varney if he wanted a piece and the rest is history. Speaking of history, Bibbido Boo, as a two year old was undefeated going 10 for 10. This year the wins were not as plentiful but the purse money won was at just over $75,000. - photo by Michael Newman.
MAINE STANDARDBRED BREEDERS STAKES 3 YEAR OLD COLTS AND GELDINGS FINAL - $85.464
Lady Of Castlebrook and Campbell ... Making Magic at The Downs!
Drew Campbell held the hot hand on Sunday (10-18) grabbing three wins on the nine race card while showing why he's been scored the top-rated percentage pilot in all of North America for much of 2015. Here, he and Lady Of Castlebrook are absolutely flying to the finish! Campbell remains completely in command! - photo by Derek Davis.
Seeley Man is the Real Deal!
Seeley Man extended his undefeated streak to a perfect 10 for 10 on Saturday (10-17) as the Gerry Smith trainee made his final start in preparation for next Saturday's Maine Sire Stakes final during the inaugural Festival of Champions! Mark your calendars now and make your plans to attend as, for the first time in history, all 8 Sire Stakes Championships will be decided in one jam packed day of harness racing excitement! - photo by Michael Newman
Fancy Footwork from Rhythmic Moves!
Rhythmic Moves made the return to his home track an absolute triumph on Friday (10-16) by scoring the 20th victory of his career on Opening Day of the fall meet at the Downs! Here he toys with the likes of Victory Tax and Whata Winner to claim top honors in the feature race trot in the blazing time of 1:57.3! The win was one of two on the card for driver John Nason too - What a great way to kick off the meet guys! - photo by Michael Newman.
Reckless Rebel Gains Sweet Revenge!
Reckless Rebel and driver Kevin Switzer, Jr get up in the final strides to best the streaking Pembroke Wildcat by the scantest of margins in Maine Sire Stakes action on Sunday (9/13). Rebel's win was all the more satisfying after finishing second best to his chief rival in each of their last four matchups! The summer meet might be over at the Downs but we can't wait for the "Day of Champions" showdown between these two foes when all 8 Sire Stakes titles will be decided on one single card - Saturday October 24 - Mark your calendars folks! - read the release here - photo by Michael Newman.
Poocham Rocket Blasts Off!
Poocham Rocket and driver Nick Graffam sat the patient pocket trip before igniting the afterburners at the top of the stretch to defeat the heavily favored Ball Don't Lie in Maine Sire Stakes action on Saturday (9-12) - All while taking a brand new lifetime mark of 2:00.1 in the process! Way to go guys! - read the release here - photo by Michael Newman.
The Perfect Nightcap ... Beer League!
There's nothing better on a warm summer evening than an ice cold beer and there's no better way to cap off a lightning hot day at the races than scoring a win with the trotter Beer League - Especially when that win was the 4th of the day for driver Kevin Switzer, Jr! Cheers Guys!- photo by Michael Newman.
Claim Jumper Scores 4th in a row!
Claim Jumper got Drew Campbell's day off to a winning start on Sunday (9/6) as the streaking trotting mare marshalled her 4th top score in a row! The win was the first of 4 on the card for the meet's top driver too! What a great performance all around! - photo by Michael Newman.
Seeley Man Streaks to New Track Record!
Seeley Man set a new divisional track record at the Downs on Saturday (9-5) while remaining a perfect six for six on his promising young career! The win was one of four on the day for driver Kevin Switzer, Jr. too! What a great day to be at the track! - read the release here - photo by Derek Davis.
Meet Mr 1500!
Shane Taggart recorded his 1500th career driving win on Sunday (8/30) at Scarborough Downs, reining Pan Taylor home from off the pace to secure the milestone victory. Taggart who calls Maine home, has maintained a roster of horses on the Scarborough backstretch for years while dividing his time driving primarily at the Downs and at Plainridge Racecourse in Massachusetts.
Way to Go Shane!!! - photo by Michael Newman.
The Campbell Cavalcade Continues!
It was another brilliant day at the races on Saturday (8/29) and that meant another brilliant multiple win performance from leading driver Drew Campbell! Here he scores his fourth victory on the twilight card with JJ's Jet! Grand Slam Drew comes through! - photo by Michael Newman.
Bryan's Angel is Heavenly in Track Record Performance
Bryan's Angel became the fastest winning 4-year-old trotting mare in the 65 year history of Scarborough Downs on Friday (8-28) as she stopped the clock in a blistering 1:58.3 for driver John Beckwith! What a performance! - read the press release here - photo by Michael Newman.
Carl's Glory Beats the BIG Girls!
Carl's Glory, who won as a $3,000 Claimer just three weeks ago, rose all the way up the class on Sunday to beat the BEST distaff pacers in Maine! The win was her 4th in a row and gave driver Shane Taggart his 1496th career win! What a great story! - photo by Derek Davis.
Streaking to the Wire!
Seeley Man extended his unbeaten streak out to five in a row on Friday (8/21) as the freshman Maine-bred continued to top the charts in Sire Stakes circles! The win was one of two on the program for driver Kevin Switzer, Jr! - photo by Michael Newman.
She Races Like a Girl - Try to Keep UP!!!
There's never been any doubt that Kelly Case is ultra competitive and just as tough as they come out on the raceway, and never where her skills and determination more on display than on Sunday (8/16). Here she completely dominates the feature race field getting Fashion Ruffles home in a blazing 1:54.2 - You Go Girl!!! - photo by Derek Davis.
The Two Faces of Heath!
Heath Campbell provided a study in contrasts while winning both Maine Sire Stakes divisions on Saturday (8/15). First he is all smiles as Pembroke Maverick cruises to an open-length victory in the first picture but his demeanor certainly changes in the second as Pembroke Wildcat barely held on for the win. No matter his facial expression though, Heath Campbell generally finds a way to get the job done and Saturday was no exception!- read the release here - photos by Derek Davis.
Grand Slam Drew!
A picture perfect day produced picture perfect results for top reinsman Drew Campbell who pieced together a stellar 4 win afternoon on Friday (8/14). Campbell continues at the top of the charts at Scarborough Downs this season and as the lyrics of that old Timbuk 3 song goes - "The future's so bright, he's got to wear shades!" - photo by Michael Newman.
Gary Mosher - Solid Gold!
Gary Mosher is bathed in the golden haze of a late summer day while visiting the winner's circle with Virg Of Gold on Monday (8/10) - One of 4 winners recorded by Gary during a special Double Header performance at the Downs as the recently crowned Mr 6000 sets sight on milestones to come! - photo by Michael Newman.
Family Fun Day Schedule of Events!
Sunday (8/8) 12:30 - 4:00
Rhythmic Moves - Fancy Footwork!
Rhythmic Moves put on a speed show on Friday (8/7), waltzing to victory in the Feature Trot while stopping the clock in a blazing 1:57.3 - The 2nd fastest trotting mile of the season at the Downs! The win pushed the veteran trotter over the $100K level in career earnings, much to the enjoyment of driver John Nason who looks like he was just along for the ride today! Nice Job Guys! - photo by Michael Newman.
Grandslam Day for KS-2!
Kevin Switzer, Jr grabbed top honors in 4 of the 8 races carded on Thursday (8/6), cementing his hold on the second place spot in the current driving standings and moving to within 19 wins of top rated Drew Campbell. Here he's seen using all his powers of persuasion to get Carrie Ann home in front while holding off a determined late charge from Campbell and Astrogal! Way to battle to the finish guys! - photo by Michael Newman.
Cat Has A Kitten Remains "Purr-fect"!
Maine Sire Sire Stakes returned to the Downs on Sunday (8/2) and boy did Cat Has A Kitten put on a show! The Maine-bred extended her perfect season out to 5 consecutive wins while toying with the field like a calico would with a captured mouse! Nice Kitty! - read the press release here - photo by Derek Davis.
Campbell in Command!
Drew Campbell held the hottest hand at the Downs on Saturday (8/1) steering three winners down victory lane to enhance his grasp on the top spot on the Leaders' Board. Here he's seen in a perfect study of concentration while getting Real Special home in 1:55 flat to kick off the day. What a performance by Driver Drew! - photo by Michael Newman.
General Bill Brown Leads the Charge!
General Bill Brown and driver Mark Athearn took no prisoners on Friday (7/31) as the tandem launched a full frontal assault, led the charge throughout and then marched clear at the wire! With efficient military-like precision the powerful trotter won his 10th career battle - Can anyone say War Horse? - photo by Michael Newman.
Second Hand Suit - First Class Victory!
Driver Ryan Hall did not bring his colors to the racetrack on Thursday (7/30) so when he had a chance to pick up the late catch drive on Martha Michelle he had to borrow his brother Aaron's colors to compete. It's a good thing Ryan has the kind of brother who would give him the suit right off his back! Little brothers rock! - photo by Michael Newman.
It's a Bird ... It's a Plane ... It's Seeley Man!
Seeley Man extended his win streak to three in a row as the precocious colt remained undefeated on his career with Sunday's (7/26) handy win in Sire Stakes competition. King Switzer, back in 2nd, seems to be saying "Wow" as he watches KS-2 go along for the ride! Nice colt! - read the release here - photo by Derek Davis.
Ball Don't Lie - Faultless at The Line!
Ball Don't Lie made his very first start a winning one on Sunday (7/26) as the freshman colt "tipped off" the Sire Stakes action at the Downs! Oh, by the way, that was Gary Mosher scoring career driving win number 5992 in the process! - photo by Derek Davis.
Pembroke Bambino stars in Baby Face!
Pembroke Bambino and driver Heath Campbell won the first Sire Stakes race on Saturday (7/25) when the two-year-old pacing fillies came to town! Now who's got the the best Baby Face look going on here? Heath or the horse? - photo by Michael Newman.
Ladies Love Horses ... And Outlaws!
Only the briefest glimpse of driver Kevin Switzer is available in this stunning photo which showcases the complete domination that LadiesLoveOutlaws executed in Maine Sire Stakes action on Saturday (7/25). The filly effortlessly won by 8-3/4 lengths timed in 1:59.2 in only her first lifetime start! Wow! - read the release here - photo by Michael Newman.
Tony Absolut made his first start of the season a spectacular one as he scorched a mile timed in 1:57.2 to secure the very first win of his career on Friday (7/24). The gelding looked pretty much push-button for driver David Ingraham while responding positively to every challenge faced and pacing the final half in a brisk 58.2! We're thinking there might be a pretty bright future ahead for this guy! - photo by Michael Newman.
Five Cent Deposit - Like Money in the Bank!
Five Cent Deposit was as good as gold on Thursday (7/23) as she toured the oval in a career best 1:58.1 while shaving two full seconds off her previous lifetime record. The win was the 3rd career victory for the magnificent mare who is owned by Les Clary and Nancy Stewart and was one of two scores on the card for driver Dude Goodblood! Congratulations all around! - photo by Michael Newman.
GonnaKissMeOrNot? Of Course!
Every winning filly deserves a kiss on the nose after a job well done and we kind of figure there were plenty of kisses to go around after GonnaKissMeOrNot won her very first Maine Sire Stakes race on Sunday (7/19). What's pretty cool though is that her entry-mate finished second! Who's got it any better right now than co-owner Lynn-Marie Plouffe? - Read the press release here - photo by Michael Newman.
Anchors Away for Hes A Castoff!
Hes A Castoff reeled in another win on Sunday (7/19) while extending his winning streak to a perfect two for two! The rookie two-year-old won the first Maine Sire Stakes race of the day for driver Mark Athearn! Looking pretty Ship-Shape there guys! - photo by Michael Newman.
Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner!
Whata Winner and driver Dude Goodblood found the perfect late stretch seam to sneak through to just get up at the wire and claim victory in the $6000 Open-class trot on Saturday (7-18). The win was the 32nd of the trotter's career and third top-class score since coming to Maine! Whata Race! - In other news, Warrawee Nonsuch equaled the track record for aged geldings! - read the release here - photo by Derek Davis.
Swift Kid - Fastest of Them All!
Swift Kid crossed over the $250K career earnings mark with his feature race score on Friday (7/17) in sterling gate-to-wire fashion. The win was one of three on the card for trainer Bo Sowers and one of four driving wins for the lightning hot Eddie Davis, Jr! Congratulations all around! - photo by Michael Newman.
Takin' the Kids to School!
Bobby Nadeau proved that Harness Racing isn't just for the young, its for the young at heart too, as the 77-year-old driver showed the youngsters a thing or two out on the raceway on Thursday (7/16). Check out the ageless wonder gliding gate to wire with LeeAnn Majors showing the way! What a score! - photo by Michael Newman.
Jitterbug Hanover Wins 3rd in a row!
Striking a patriotic pose, Jitterbug Hanover extended his win streak to three with a speedy 1:55.3 effort on an ideal day for racing on Sunday (7/12). His beautiful gray coat strikes a perfect contrast between the Red & Green silks of driver Dan Deslandes and the Red, White and Blue of our nation's emblem! What a day to be at the track! - photo by Michael Newman.
Pembroke Prayer scores 65th career win!
Like fine wine, Pembroke Prayer continues to excel with age and on Saturday (7/11) the 11-year-old millionaire trotter dug in deep to best an accomplished field in the final strides. Winning never becomes old hat though, even when you've accomplished the feat 65 times in your career! Congratulations to the veteran warhorse! - read the release here - photo by Derek Davis.
Ludi Christy goes Fashionably Fast!
Impeccably dressed Ludi Christy regained the winning edge on Friday (7/10) as the recent Saratoga import made his second state of Maine start a winning one - Zipping around the oval timed in 1:56.3! It was the first win of the season for the Lisa Krom trainee but the 43rd career victory lap for the veteran pacer! Looking snazzy in that crazy yellow hood guy! - photo by Michael Newman.
Dominating Performances in Maine Sires Stakes!
Pembroke Jack B took the first Maine Sire Stakes split on Thursday (7/9) and the action just heated up to the fever pitch from there! Read all about the dominating Maine-bred performances here - photo by Derek Davis.
Justice My Way - A Fan Favorite on the 4th of July Weekend!
Justice My Way and driver David Ingraham put the exclamation mark on a successful Independence Day Holiday weekend, scoring in Patriotic fashion on the Sunday (7/5) matinee. The win was one of two on the card for trainer Rodney Grady and one of two for Ingraham too! Congratulations! - photo by Michael Newman.
Epic Mile from Mythical Connection!
Mythical Connection remains undefeated in Maine since shipping in from Saratoga after throwing in a blazing 1:55.2 effort on the Fourth of July card. The win was the third in a row for the streaking steed and one of two on the program for driver Dan Deslandes! Congratulations all around! - photo by Derek Davis.
Eat Your Enemy Dines in Style in Maine Sires
Eat Your Enemy seemed to say "Eat my dust" as she trounced her Sire Stakes competitors by 6-1/2 lengths on Friday (7/3). The John Nason driven/trained state-bred appears to be serving strong notice on her intent to defend last year's Freshman Stakes Championship and after today's performance, who can doubt her? Nice job guys! read the press release here - photo by Michael Newman.
Cushing Doubles Down in Maine Sires!
Tropical Trice upset the previously undefeated Bibbidi Boo as the 2015 Maine Sire Stakes season kicked off in high gear on Thursday (7/2). The Stakes score was one of two on the day for the Heidi Gibbs/Ron Cushing roster! - read the press release here - photo by Derek Davis.
Switzer Sizzles on Saturday!
Kevin Switzer, Jr absolutely dominated the Saturday (6/27) twilight card claiming victory in 5 of the 8 dashes programmed, including both features! Here he uses all his powers of persuasion to get Glow Stick up for her 5th consecutive score in the Distaff Free For All! What a day at the races! - read the press release here - photo by Derek Davis.
Smile Pretty for the Camera!
They saved the best for last on Friday (6/26) as Drew Campbell and Want A Smile (right) held off a determined charge from the David Ingraham driven Heaven Touched to claim the 3/4-length victory! The win was one of two on the card for Campbell who remains at the top of the charts in the drivers standings! - photo by Derek Davis.
Kids LOVE the Ponies!
Hardcore Race Winner!
HardcorJohnyPawn won his third race in a row at the Downs on Thursday (6/25) as the three-year-old son of Rare Bunny concluded his preps for his upcoming Maine Sire Stakes engagements. The 2015 Sire Stakes season gets underway in just one week so mark your calendars and get ready for some HOME GROWN Harness Racing Excitement! - photo by Michael Newman.
The Littlest Fan!
Harness Racing fans come in all shapes and sizes, and come to think of it, ages as well! One of our youngest fans found the perfect spot to catch the start of the seventh on the Father's Day program and from the way she's clutching that program she had the winner well handicapped too! Kids love the horses and its always a Family Affair at the Downs! - photo by Derek Davis.
A Sweet Ride - 1:53.2!
It was A Sweet Ride indeed on Saturday (6/20) as Scott Mackenzie's determined pacer and Kevin Switzer, Jr took dead-aim on track record territory, falling just 1/5th of a second short in an ultra-impressive effort! Only 3 others have ever paced faster at the Downs; Wholly Louy, Shady Sabrina and the immortal Hotrod Falcon - What GREAT company to be mentioned with! - read the press release here - photo by Michael Newman.
Sibling Rivalry - Equine Style!
It was certainly a Family Affair at the Downs on Friday (6/19) as Nick Graffam drove offspring of the broodmare Pass The Dessert to back-to-back victories for proud owner Diane Frazier. Four-year-old mare Dancers Pass (top) led things off with a career best effort in the sixth and not to be outdone by his little sister, five-year-old "Big Bro" Cyclone Pass took a new lifetime mark of 1:57 in the very next race! There should be plenty of bragging rights to go around as the siblings gather at the feed trough at the Norton farm after the races tonight - With one proud Mom looking on from the broodmare field! - photos by Derek Davis.
Graffam Grabs Two!
Driver Nick Graffam expertly controlled the action during the early portion of Thursday's (6/18) program claiming victory in both halves of the Daily Double. Not only did young Nick win the first two dashes of the day, but he put brand new lifetime marks on both his victorious steeds too! Here he coasts home in 1:58.1 behind Sinner's Prayer. What a great day for Graffam and his charges! - photo by Michael Newman.
Sunday Speed Show - Filly Style!
The week-long speed show continued at the Downs on Sunday (6/14) with Ashlee's Cool Gal stepping up to provide the emphasis. Here, with driver Drew Campbell guiding her home, the Maine-bred takes a brand new lifetime mark of 1:54.2 which just happens to be the third fastest mile recorded at the track this season! What an accomplishment! read the press release here - photo by Michael Newman.
Dandy Day for Don Richards Stable!
Destination Moon N and Dude Goodblood hold off a jam packed field at the wire to claim victory in the $6000 feature race at the Downs on Saturday (6/13). The tele-timer certified the race in 1:53.4, the fastest of the 2015 season thus far and just 3/5-second off the Track-Record! - read the press release here - photo by Michael Newman.
Thro Time (Kevin Switzer, Jr.) took full advantage of a lightning fast racetrack on Friday (6/12), throwing in his fastest clocking in over two seasons with the veteran trotter stopping the tele-timer in a blistering 1:57.2! The effort was just 1/5th-second off the track standard for older geldings established by Waterloo Willie in 2013 and just 2/5th-second off the overall track record held by IPO Bluechip. Well done guys!!! - photo by Derek Davis.
60th Career Win for DreamLuck!
Classy veteran pacer, DreamLuck took torrid air to the quarter in 27.2 before ducking into the pocket seat at the behest of driver Gary Mosher on Thursday (6/11). The aggressive strategy paid handsome dividends when the 12-year-old son of the great Camluck scored for the 60th time in his illustrious career! The win was one of two on the card for Gary Mosher as the veteran campaigners came through! Way to go guys!!! - photo by Derek Davis.
Foxxy Trotter gets Milestone Win!
The veteran trotting mare, Fox Valley Shannon, won for the 40th time in her illustrious career on Sunday (6/7) for owner/trainer Elizabeth Richardson. Now with over $300K in career earnings to the trotter's credit, class certainly came through in spades for her as we closed out a successful Belmont Stakes Weekend at the Downs! The win was one of four on Sunday's card for leading driver Drew Campbell! - photo by Derek Davis.
American Pharoah Wins The Triple Crown!
Congratulations to American Pharoah and Victor Espinoza who become the first to win the Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978! And thanks to all the fans and horsemen who took part in our celebration at Scarborough today! The party never stops at the Downs!
Four Across the Wire!
Friday's (6/5) race card featured exciting finish after exciting finish but none as thrilling as was found in this jam packed photo in the third where Mr Bo Didley, handled by driver Dan Deslandes, held off the cavalry charge to notch his maiden win! What a race! - photo by Michael Newman.
Mosher Masters the Mud!
Veteran teamster, Gary Mosher, proved masterful over the off-rated track on Sunday (5/31) as the man in red and green guided three winners over the gooey going - All on the front-end! Mosher now sits 51 wins away from 6000 career scores and with the guy driving the way he is right now, he'll reach that plateau in very short order! Go Gary Go!!! - photo by Michael Newman.
Switzer Sizzles On Saturday!
Kevin Switzer, Jr and Legerdepan (right) hold off a cavalry charge to claim victory in the $6000 Free For All on Saturday (5/30) at Scarborough Downs. It was the 5th win of the day for the driver, and the 3rd win in a row for the race mare. What a great race! - read the press release here - photo by Michael Newman.
Mystican is Marvelous!
Kevin Switzer, Jr. held the hot hand at the Downs on Friday (5/29), putting together a grand-slam performance while grabbing top honors in half of the 8 races carded! Here he and Mystican sit calm, cool and collected while gliding down Victory Lane! Switzer now moves up to third place in the driving standings following his torrid day - Congrats! - photo by Michael Newman.
Legerdepan - Queen of the Distaff!
In the center of the raceway, Legerdepan and Kevin Switzer, Jr. hold off the inside challenge of Ashlee's Cool Gal and the outside threat of Fashion Ruffles to claim victory in the first Fillies & Mares Free For All of the 2015 season. Three across the track in 1:57.2! Does it get any better than that?!! - photo by Derek Davis.
Only The Lonely in Near-Track Record Mile!
Making his very first state of Maine start on Saturday (5/23), Only The Lonely with driver Eddie Davis, Jr., just missed equaling one of the oldest Track Records on the books when they stopped the tele-timer in 1:54.1! The effort came within whiskers of matching Prince Ebony's standard for aged stallions set during the 1990 edition of The Presidents Pace, with driver Ron Pierce getting home in 1:54 flat! We've got a feeling that ancient record may be in jeopardy soon with this new fleet stallion setting up shop at the Downs! read the release here - photo by Michael Newman
General Bill Brown Leads the Charge!
Team Athearn enjoyed a remarkable day at the races on Friday as the husband/wife combo of Mark and Gretchen sent both of their starters to the winners circle! Here, General Bill Brown confidently gets up by a nose over the pace-setting Muscana in the evening's feature event. The driving win was one of three on the program for the lightning hot Mark Athearn! - photo by Derek Davis.
Bachelors Revel at The Downs!
Scarborough Downs has always been a perfect place to hold Bachelor Parties and on Sunday (5/17) a large contingent of guys gathered to wish their buddy the best! Got a wedding coming up? Get to the Track for one last day of freedom! We'll help make you bachelor party an event to remember! - photo by Michael Newman.
KS-2 wins Five!
The torrid teamster celebrates with the bachelor party guys on Sunday (5/17) with the Bride and Groom-to-be on his left. What a GREAT day to be at the track! - photo by Michael Newman.
American Pharaoh Romps in the Preakness!
Super Horse, American Pharaoh, continued his march toward Triple Crown Glory on Saturday, adding an effortless win in the Preakness to his hard fought victory in the Kentucky Derby. Join us on Belmont Stakes Day - Saturday June 6 - as the Triple Crown Party continues at Scarborough Downs!
Wisher Wins Big Upon Return to the Downs!
Adrian Wisher Jr. made a HUGE splash this weekend when he moved his stable back to Scarborough Downs, scoring 6 wins from 7 horses entered! Here Standupnkissme earns his 35th career victory lap in harness to Kevin Switzer, Jr. - What a great team! - read the release here - photo by Michael Newman.
Jitterbug Hanover Dances to Victory!
Jitterbug Hanover (#3) made his first start of the year a winning one, crushing a field of claimers timed in a sterling 1:56 flat on Saturday (5/9). The score was one of three wins on the day for trainer Adrian Wisher, Jr. who was also making his first start of the season at the Downs after trucking in from the mid-Eastern seabord circuit. The win was one of three on the day for driver Kevin Switzer, Jr. too! Three's were WILD at the Downs on Saturday! - photo by Derek Davis.
Congratulations to American Pharoah, winner of the 2015 Kentucky Derby!
The Triple Crown Party Continues at the Downs on Preakness Stakes Day - Saturday May 16th - Get to the Track!!!
Eric Davis Scores First Win at The Downs!
Eric Davis' face can't mask his excitement at winning his first race as a provisional driver on Sunday (4/26) at the Downs. Here he steers Big Heart convincingly from off the pace to secure the victory! Congratulations Eric! - read the release here - photo by Derek Davis.
Grand Slam on Saturday for Eddie Davis, Jr!
Eddie Davis, Jr moved into sole possession of 2nd place in the drivers' standings on Saturday while scoring 4 wins on the card. Here he crosses the wire on top with the classy pacer, Print It. The win was the 58th career victory for the 13-year-old campaigner! - read the release here - photo by Michael Newman.
Guess whoTops the Charts in the USA?
With Drew Campbell winning races at a record clip this year its tough for the other drivers to grab their fair share. Frank Petrelli did just that on Sunday (4/19) though as two tough race mares battled each other through the stretch with MS SOLONGBYEBYE holding off the determined charge of the Campbell teamed Miss Paula D! Excellent race! - photo by Michael Newman.
Campbell Cops the Fifth!
The Campbell Cavalcade continued on Saturday (4/18) as the torrid teamster followed up last Sunday's six win performance by scoring five more wins on the card. Here he holds off the onslaught to get Bettor's Night home in the finale. The man is absolutely on fire right now holding nearly twice as many wins as his closest competitor! What will Drew do next? - read the release here - photo by Michael Newman.
Check out all the FUN & EXCITEMENT in store for you this week end at the Downs!
Campbell Grabs a Six-Pack!
Drew Campbell dominated the action at the Downs on Sunday winning six of the ten races carded! Here he guides ASHLEE'S COOL GAL to victory timed in 1:56.1, the fastest mile recorded yet this year! read the release here - photo by Michael Newman.
JJ's Jet Soars to the Fastest Mile of the Year!
The third time proved the charm for JJ's Jet on Saturday (4/11) as the Drew Campbell powered gelding stopped the clock in 1:57.2 while making his third start of the year. The fleet clocking was the fastest mile of the young Scarborough meet and with it, Campbell moved one up on Gary Mosher in the current drivers standings! - read the release here - photo by Derek Davis.
Check out all the FUN & EXCITEMENT planned for the upcoming week!
We're All Just "Mad About Saffron"!
As Team Athearn grabbed both ends of the Daily Double on Sunday (4/5), the fans holding the $30 win tickets could be heard singing a verse from the old Donovan song, Mello Yellow, "I'm just mad about Saffron, Safron's mad about me"! - read the release here - photo by Michael Newman.
Top Shelf Effort from Vodka Is Terror!
The Ron Cushing roster remained totally on fire Saturday (4/4), with the man in maroon and gold sending 3 more winners to the post en route to claiming the top spots in both the driver and trainer standings! Here he kicks things off in the first, toasting the fans with the 6-5 favorite, Vodka Is Terror - Cheers! - read the release here - photo by Derek Davis.
Check out all the GREAT specials coming up this weekend at The Downs!
Grand Slam Gary Comes Up Big at the Downs!
Gary Mosher came up HUGE on Sunday (3/29) scoring 4 wins from the 10 races programmed. Here he narrowly squeaks by with long shot Warrawee Nonesuch over heavily favored JJ's Jet in the 8th returning a $21.20 win ticket! Way to go MR. 5900! read the press release here - photo by Derek Davis.
Who Else But Drew on Opening Day?
Drew Campbell kicked off 2015 in high style as he confidently steered LUVNUISFUN off the car en route to a gate to wire score in Saturday's (3/28) opening event of year. This was the 2nd year in a row that Campbell won the first race of the new season at Scarborough Downs - We're betting it might not be the last! - Read the press release here - photo by Michael Newman.
Opening Day on Tap!
Check out our schedule and all our great specials this year as we get ready to kick off our 65th season! - read the press release here.
Qualifying Races Scheduled as 2015 Opening Day Approches!
Despite the harshest winter in recent memory, the Scarborough Downs track crew works diligently to prepare the raceway for Opening Day. The first round of qualifying races has been scheduled for Wednesday March 18 at 10:00 AM ... See ya at the races! - read the press release here.
Tuesday is a Snow Day!
Due to the impending blizzard, Scarborough Downs will be closed for simulcast wagering on Tuesday (1/27). Stay safe out there and rememebr to make plenty of Snow Angels!
To You and Yours, Merry Christmas, From All of Us at Scarborough Downs!
Drew Campbell Remains Top Dog at the Downs in 2014!
Drew Campbell threw in a Grand Slam performance on the closing day of the 2014 meet to cement his status as the track's top pilot! Here he accepts yet another Drivers Championship Award following his third win on the card - One of 199 wins that Drew put together at the Downs this season! - photo by Derek Davis.
Bo Sowers Secures 2014 Trainers Title!
Philip "Bo" Sowers survived a late season charge from the Randy Bickmore Barn to secure his first Scarborough Downs Trainer's Championship during the 2014 meet. His roster, rated 4th in all of North America with a .380 UTRS rating, scored 49 wins at the Downs this year - One more than his closest rival. Here, Bo's daughter Mackenzie Sowers accepts the Trainers Award on behalf of her Dad from Scarborough's Steve Cobbett - photo by Derek Davis.
Red Bullet Makes Last Start Before Joining Retirement Ceremony!
Six 14-year-old racehorses participated in the 8th annual Standardbred Retirement Ceremony on Saturday (12-20) at Scarborough Downs. Red Bullet, pictured above with his owner Doug Gray and driver Drew Campbell even put together a gritty 3rd place showing in the race just prior before joining the celebration - Way to go out on your own terms old fella! Read the press release here - photo by Michael Newman.
Young Guns Dead Heat at The Downs!
During a weekend that was just about completely dominated by veteran driver Drew Campbell, a couple of "Young Guns" powered their way to the forefront on Sunday (12-7) as Nick Graffam and Dan Deslandes crossed the wire in lockstep with the photo-finish camera unable to separate Funny Lena from Carls Glory in the third. It was the third win in-a-row for Funny Lena and the 14th win of the season for Carls Glory! What a great day to be at the races! - photo by Derek Davis.
Snow? Sleet? Freezing rain? Nothing could keep Drew Campbell out of the winners circle on Saturday (12-6) as the meet's top stick scored scored 4 wins in-a-row during the mid-portion of the program. A perpetual force atop the Drivers Standings, Campbell now has 189 wins this season at the Downs and with 5 days of racing left this year, who can doubt that he'll crack the 200 win level? Campbell remains in complete command! - photo by Michael Newman.
On Wings Of Silver Sizzles in Victory!
A slight coat of mud may have dulled the red and gold colors of driver Michael Graffam on Friday (12-5) but On Wings Of Silver absolutely sparkled in the sun on the chilly December day! Here she wins for the 3rd time in her last 4 starts while joining her stable-mate, War Glory, in engineering back-to-back wins for the Graffam roster - All while reinforcing her status as the prettiest filly at the Downs this year! What a gorgeous girl! - photo by Derek Davis.
Who Do You Like?
In one of the tightest finishes of the week, Aggravator and Drew Campbell (far left) just got up over Dontgetnsampsonsway (Ron Cushing) and the pylon rallying Youragambler'sson (Dude Goodblood). The photo finish camera was surely put through it's paces as a mere neck separated the trio as they streaked to the wire on Monday (12-1). The win was one of two on the card for Campbell while Goodblood also doubled up during the day's action ... What a great way to kick off December racing at the Downs! - photo by Michael Newman.
UFO Sighting at The Downs!
Who's that alien-ish looking guy riding the UFO at the Downs? Why under all that mud its none other than 2012 driving champion, Shawn Thayer! He's seen here leaving the winners circle after getting Devil May Care home on top for her third consecutive win and the 42nd of her illustrious career! Looks like it'll be a 3 bucket day for both mare and man back in the paddock here but the mud is always a bit easier to take after a victory lap! - photo by Derek Davis.
Monday Racing on December 1 at the Downs!
As we all know, this weekend's live racing schedule has been seriously impacted by the snowstorm, a power outage and resulting poor track conditions. In order to accommodate all concerned, the decision has been made to race Sunday's card as scheduled on 11-30 and to carry Saturday's card to Monday December 1 with a 12:05 PM Post Time. Please note that the grandstand building will not be open on Monday with all wagering to be conducted in the clubhouse facility. See you at the races tomorrow!
Thro Time Wins Again!
Thro Time won for the 10th time this season as he stepped up from the optional $8000 claiming ranks to best an accomplished Open field on Sunday (11-23) and with that win cross over the $250K level in career earnings! The win was one of three on the day for top driver Drew Campbell and one of two from the powerful Adrian Wisher, Jr roster! Great job guys! - photo by Michael Newman.
1500 Wins for Kevin Switzer Jr!
Kevin Switzer Jr raises his whip in celebration as he guides Fulla Fire down victory lane on Saturday (11-22) - The 1500th winning strategy that the man in blue and black has engineered over the course of his career! Way To Go Kev! - read the press release here - photo by Derek Davis.
Who is that Masked Man?
It was just another chilly day at the office for Kevin Switzer Jr on Friday as the man in the blue and black colors scored the first of three driving wins behind Fedigan's Glory. Switzer now sits just three more wins removed from career victory number 1500! Could the benchmark be reached on Saturday? Come out to the Downs to witness history for yourself - Post Time is at 12:05! - photo by Derek Davis.
A Glorious Day for Deslandes!
Driver Dan Deslandes teamed Carls Glory to her 12th seasonal score on Sunday as the razor sharp mare continues to make her case for Distaff Claimer of the Year honors here at The Downs. The win was one of two on the card for Dapper Dan who is now within 11 wins of securing the third spot in the drivers standings with 13 more days of racing to go this year! Both driver and mare have their eyes on the prize! - photo by Michael Newman.
It's Not Drew Campbell's First Rodeo!
Leading driver Drew Campbell put together a phenomenal day at the races on Saturday as the man in orange and black claimed victory in five of the nine races programmed. Here he caps off the amazing afternoon with a determined score behind the Aaron Hall trained, Not My First Rodeo! Way to work the bike Drew! - photo by Derek Davis.
14-year-old Bolero Loupet Battles Down Victory Lane!
The classy Bolero Loupet wins for the 59th time in his illustrious career with driver Josh Battles guiding the veteran war horse over the gooey going at the Downs on Friday (11-14). By rule all race horses must hang up their bridles at the conclusion of their 14-year-old season and this campaigner is certainly going out right on top of his game! Bolero Loupet will be one of the honorees to be feted during the annual Standardbred Retirement Ceremony to be held at Scarborough Downs on Decemeber 14! It's a great day to be at the races so mark your calendars now! - photo by Michael Newman.
Back to Back Five Packs for KS-2!
Kevin Switzer, Jr wouldn't let a little thing like Sunday's power outage put a damper on his lightning hot streak ... So, with the races rescheduled for Tuesday, KS-2 came right back where he left off on Saturday scoring five more wins on Veteran's Day! Here, with steady hands and a steely gaze, he guides the trotter Aqua Lung down victory lane! - photo by Michael Newman.
Switzer Sizzles with Five Win Day!
The fans witnessed yet another great performance from KS-2 on Saturday as the the man in blue and black won 5 of the 8 races programed! - read the press release here - photo by Derek Davis.
No One Has the Answer to Puzzlement!
Confidently handled by driver Kevin Switzer Jr, Puzzlement soared to his 6th straight win on Friday (11/7) much to the delight of owners Jason Vafiades and the Debron Stables. The celebration was tempered though as the streaking trotter changed stables via the claim box following the race, plucked from the event for the $8000 claiming tag by new owner Gary Salamacha. Tune in next week as the lightning hot trotter goes for his 7th in a row! - photo by Derek Davis.
Thunder's Toy and KS-2 flaunt the Form of the Mudders!
Not even an off-rated racetrack could dampen the success of Kevin Switzer Jr on Saturday as he put together his 2nd consecutive Grand Slam performance. With 8 wins in his pocket and 10 races in store for tomorrow, how many can the man in blue and black rack up this weekend? Come find out for yourself - And remember that Post Time on Sunday has been moved up to 12:05! - photo by Michael Newman.
Pentagon Don Makes Final Start of Storied Career
The grand 14-year-old, Pentagon Don scored in front of the fans one last time as he made his 285th career start on Friday (10/31) with former trainer Eric Bickmore given the honor of the final drive. While the pride and joy of the Maynard Morrison Stable hangs up his bridle with 39 career wins to his credit, he will be back to the track one final time for Scarborough's annual retirement ceremony on closing day, December 21. Thanks for the memories Pentagon Don! - photo by Derek Davis.
Sassy Sarah Delivers Birthday Present for Owner!
Sassy Sarah comes up big time once again as she wins for the 63rd time in her illustrious career on Sunday. This win came on the occasion of her owner, Lisa Saindon's, birthday. That's got to be the best birthday present ever! Read the press release here - photo by Michael Newman.
Our Favorite Beatle is Ringo!
Driver Drew Campbell refused to play second fiddle to anyone on Saturday as he added to his meet's leading tally with four trips down Victory Lane. Here he wears down the front running Manchine with the Randy Bickmore trained Ringo to grab his first win of the day. Just another day at the office for Mr Grand Slam! - photo by Derek Davis.
Sweet Victory for Flatrock Chocolate!
Flatrock Chocolate kicked off a very memorable day for owner Randy Tompkins and trainer Steve Murchison on Sunday. Her win was the first of three on the program for the duo who also paraded victoriously with Janco and Ashlee's Cool Gal! Great job guys! - photo by Derek Davis.
A Four-Bagger for Ingraham!
David Ingraham guides Sam Lucky down Victory Lane on Friday - One of four wins on the card for the man in Orange and Blue. Way to go David! Congratulations also go out to Kevin Switzer Jr who teemed three entries home on top and Mark Athearn, the only other driver to manage to wrestle a win away from these guys!- photo by Derek Davis.
After Burners Ignite for Fritzie Rocket!
Joe Burke guides Fritzy Rocket (left) to his 30th career win during Maine Amateur Driving Club competition on Sunday (10-12). The classy pacer moved past the $250,000 mark in lifetime earnings in the process. Way to go guys! - photo by Michael Newman
Everything's Coming Up Roses for Mary Rose Of Topaz!
Mary Rose Of Topaz scored her 11th consecutive win in the $85,001 Maine Sire Stakes filly final on Saturday. Check the huge smile on overjoyed driver Kevin Switzer Jr's face! - photo by Derek Davis
"She gets a little hot leaving out sometimes so I let her settle a bit before letting her leave on her own," Switzer explained, "and then when that horse came at us in the last turn I wasn't too concerned, all I said to her was 'please don't run!'"
David The Saint is Simply Heavenly!
Mark Athearn raises his whip in triumph as David The Saint grabs top honors in the $85,044 Maine Sire Stakes colt pacing final - And the crowd went absolutely wild! - photo by Michael Newman
"He'll always pass one horse and that's all I had to get past today," Athearn commented after receiving a kiss from his wife Gretchen, who is also the horse's trainer, "He's been good all year and will always dig in when they come at him so I felt pretty confident as we turned for home."
Pembroke Castaway Maroons the Competition!
Driver Heath Campbell is whistling a happy tune as he guides Pembroke Castaway to victory in the $84,936 Maine Sire Stakes colt trotting final on Saturday! - photo by Michael Newman
"He just got right at the right time" Heath Campbell remarked, "He just didn't race hard last year but put it all together as a three-year-old. He's turned into a pretty nice colt."
Shes A Castoff and Goodblood - Very Good Indeed!
Dude Goodblood guides Shes A Castoff to victory in the $84,654 Maine Sire Stakes filly trotting final on Saturday - Her 11th win of the season! - photo by Derek Davis
"I wasn't too anxious" driver Goodblood remarked, concerning taking early air, "We'll just let her record speak for itself. She grew up a lot from her two-year-old season (when she went winless) got a lot smarter and got a lot better."
The Magical Bibbidi Boo!
Bibbidi Boo caps a perfect 10 for 10 freshman campaign with a track record performance in the two-year-old Maine Sire Stakes Finals! The Maine-bred is the winningest two-year-old filly trotter in the nation right now - Maine leads the way! Read the press release here - photo by Derek Davis.
Pembroke Wildcat in Track Record Performance!
Drew Campbell Raises his whip in salute to the memory of his mother Linda as he and his brother Heath guide the "Pembroke Entry" to a one-two finish in the colt division of the Maine Sire Stakes Finals. Here Pembroke Wildcat finishes on top by the narrowest of margins over Pembroke Maverick timed in 1:57.2! That cat was flying! - photo by Michael Newman.
Just Say Mo Saves Best Fot Last!
Flying three-wide off the final turn, Just Say Mo and Kim Ireland claim victory in the $57,229 colt trotting final. It was the first lifetime win for the freshman trotter and it came during the biggest race of his career! Way to go Mo! - photo by Derek Davis.
Eat Your Enemy Gobbles Up the Competition!
By all accounts, Eat Your Enemy is the sweetest little filly while in the barn but on Stakes Final Day she was a bearcat on the raceway! Both she and driver John Nason have their game faces on as they roar to victory in the Maine Sire Stakes filly pacing division!! - photo by Michael Newman.
Sibling Rivalry Equine Style!
Full Sisters battle each other to the wire with 5-year-old A As Glory just getting up over her little 4-year-old Sis Carl's Glory in the final strides! Girl Power at the Downs on Sunday! Read the full story here.
Eddie Davis Jr Owns the Raceway on Sunday!
Eddie Davis Jr scored 5 wins on the 8 race program Sunday including this convincing romp with a trotter named Friendship. Eddie and driver Dan Deslandes teamed up to grab all the trips down victory lane on Sunday as the duo completely dominated the action! Way to go guys! - photo by Michael Newman.
Stakes Fillies Shine on Saturday with LP's Shyla Showing the Way!
LP's Shyla just gets up at the wire over the front running Cheryl Leigh to notch her 2nd Maine Sire Stakes win this summer. The victory was one of three on the program for driver Kevin Switzer! - Read the press release here - photo by Michael Newman.
The Fighter Battles to a New Track Record!
Driver Mark Athearn guides The Fighter to a new Track Record on Sunday, erasing a benchmark that had stood for nearly 17 years! The Don Richards trainee is now the fastest 3-year-old trotting colt to ever win a race at Scarborough Downs! Amazing! Read the press release here - photo by Michael Newman.
3 Straight Sire Stakes Wins for Fast Dell!
Fast Del glides to his 3rd straight win to the delight of driver Gary Mosher - One of 3 wins on Sunday's card for the veteran teamster. Check out the huge grin on Gary's face as they cross the finish line! Congratulations guys! - Read the press release here - photo by Michael Newman.
Rodeo Du Ruisseau Scores His 66th Career Win!
Rodeo Du Ruisseau and driver Eddie Davis, Jr both came to the races with their game faces on today. While Achilles Blue Chip may have eclipsed his state of Maine record in last weekend's Hight Memorial, the old War Horse served notice today that there is still plenty of spring left in those 12-year-old legs! Way to go Rodeo! - photo by Derek Davis.
Scarborough Downs Drivers Take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!
Even Track Announcer Mike Sweeney donned his old colors to join in on the Challenge ... The baton has now been passed to the drivers at Saratoga and Yonkers ... Come on guys, don't let us down! - photos by Michael Newman.
Check out the video here http://youtu.be/n-qexESoxOE
Mary Rose Of Topaz Streaks To Her 5th Consecutive Stakes Score!
With regular driver Kevin Switzer, Jr. dominating the action at Skowhegan State Fair (winning 7 of the 11 races on the program), trainer Ralph Andersen named himself as catchdriver on Saturday and came up smelling like a rose as he ably extended his filly's win streak to five! Way to go Ralph! - photo by Michael Newman.
The Campbell Cavalcade Continues!
Drew Campbell dominated on Sunday scoring 5 wins from the 8 race program! Here he cuts the mile with Jon Chenard's LADYOFCASTLEBROOK who picked up her 7th win of the season! Congratulations all around! - photo by Derek Davis.
Mary Rose Of Topaz and Switzer Sizzle on Saturday!
Maine Sire Stakes fillies headlined the card on Saturday but driver Kevin Switzer, Jr completely stole the show with 5 driving wins at the Downs and 8 state of Maine scores on the day! Read the press release here - photo by Derek Davis.
On Wings Of Silver Flies to Victory!
Wallace Watson gets vocal in the sulky as he cajoles On Wings Of Silver to her very first Sire Stakes score - And at 24-1 odds to boot! $50 win tickets are pretty cool things to have! - photo by Derek Davis.
Pembroke Mistress Jilts the Competition - Sets New Track Record!
Pembroke Mistress secured her 6th straight Sire Stakes win on Friday and erased a 21-year-old Track Record just for good measure! Read the press release here - photo by Michael Newman.
Orderingin Sets New Track Record Too!
Orderingin completes the Record Setting day for driver Heath Campbell! - photo by Michael Newman.
Tickled Pink About Family Fun Day!
Horseshoe decorating was such a popular activity last weekend! The creations were absolutely amazing!
Pembroke Maverick Throws Sailor Jerry Overboard in Maine Sire Stakes Action!
Pembroke Maverick scores the first win of his career in Maine Sire Stakes action on Sunday. The Heath Campbell driven colt ended the six-race win streak of his rival, Sailor Jerry. Read the press release here - photo by Michael Newman.
Ms Cape Coral Sparkles at Scarborough!
Ms Cape Coral holds off a fast closing Can Can Cruiser to secure her 3rd career victory on Friday. The win began a hot day for driver Eddie Davis, Jr. who steered 3 winners down Victory Lane! - photo by Michael Newman.
Fashion Ruffles Scores Back-To-Back Wins!
Fashion Ruffles smiles pretty for the camera while securing her 2nd win this week. With her flowing mane making a keen fashion statement, she crosses the wire on top to secure the 3rd win on the card for her driver David Ingraham! -photo by Derek Davis.
Pembroke Wildcat Flaunts the Form of the Mudder!
Pembroke Wildcat thrived on the muddy course Sunday as he claimed his third straight Maine Sire Stakes win! We think that's Heath Campbell in the seat! Read the press release here - photo by Derek Davis.
Randy Bickmore Brings Home the Bacon!
Randy Bickmore guides Daughtry Hanover to the narrow margin to claim top honors in Maine Amatuer Driving Club action. The MADC and the MHHA were both instrumental in the success of the 4th annual Maine Harness Racing Gives Back Day on Saturday. Read the press release here - Photo by Michael Newman.
Pembroke Prayer Outduels Victory Tax in Free For All!
Pembroke Prayer outduels Victory Tax in a gritty deep stretch battle to just get up at the wire in Friday's feature. The Campbell Brothers were working pretty hard too! - photo by Michael Newman.
Pembroke Mistress Refuses to Play Second Fiddle!
Pembroke Mistress remains undefeated in Maine Sire Stakes Action as part of a huge day for Team Varney! Read the press release here - photo by Michael Newman.
Smooth Sailing For Sailor Jerry!
Sailor Jerry steamed full speed ahead as he remained undefeated in Maine Sires action on Sunday. Read the full press release here - photo by Michael Newman
Kimmie Cam Can!
The fans appreciated the fine performance of driver Dan Deslandes on Saturday as he scored three wins on the 8 race program. Here he guides Kimmie Cam down victory lane! - photo by Derek Davis.
C C C says Yes Yes Yes to Winning!
C C C proves the horses for courses theory on Friday as he glides to his 2nd win in a row while racing at Scarborough Downs. The 4th generation Maine-bred loves trotting at The Seaside Oval! Photo by Michael Newman.
Analyze Scores Her 2nd Straight Sire Stakes Win!
Owner/trainer Mike Graffam confidently guides Analyze to her 2nd career win in Maine Sire Stakes action Thursday (7/17), zooming home timed in 2:00.1! Read the full press release here. Photo by Derek Davis.
Dansan Flicka Upsets in Maine Sires
Maine Sire Stakes action returned to Scarborough Downs on Saturday and Dansan Flicka (David Ingraham) grabbed victory at 22-1 odds!Read the press release here. Photo by Derek Davis.
Drew Does It Again!
Drew Campbell continued on his torrid streak steering 3 winners down Victory Lane on Friday. Here he assumes the "luge position" behind David McClellan's Bonus Miles. Photo by Derek Davis.
A Fifth For Drew!!!
Drew Campbell remains the hottest force on the raceway scoring 5 wins on Thursday's 8 race program! photo by Michael Newman
Smallwood Sizzles in Stakes Action!
Maine Sire Stakes action! ALITTLEBITCOUNTRY, owned and trained James Smallwood, of Windsor, ME, took a speedy new lifetime mark of 1:58.4 on Sunday, erasing nearly 5 seconds from his previous best, with driver David Ingraham calling the shots. Way to go! Read the press release here. Photo by Michael Newman.
Read the press release here.
Photo by Michael Newman.
Donna Smith wins with Kaja
It's not often we get to see the ladies out on the racetrack, and we love celebrating their wins! Congrats to Donna Smith for her win in Race 1 on a rainy July 4th with KAJA, who is trained by her mom, Ramona Smith! Way to go, Donna! Harness racing is all about families! Photo by Michael Newman.
Varney Trotters Continue Dominance
Stakes Action! Maine sire stakes action returned to Scarborough Downs on Thursday (7/3) with the two-year-old trotting divisions taking center stage. The appearance marked the second week that the freshman turkey footers graced the Seaside Oval and once again, the William Varney-owned entries dominated. Read the press release here. Photo by Michael Newman.
Campell Scores Win # 3,500!
Driver Drew Campbell hit career victory number 3,500 in Race 12 on Sunday (6/29) aboard IT HURTS ME, trained by Adrian Wisher. #CampbellinCommand Read the press release here. Photo by Michael Newman.
Deslandes Wins Three
Congratulations to Dan Deslandes for his three driving wins on the eight-race program on Friday! Victory was his in race 6 with OUR GIRLS CHANCE N, above, owned by Richard Knight of Westbrook and trained by Randy Bickmore. This was the 13-year-old paceing mare's 24th career win - congratulations to all! Photo by Michael Newman.
Varney Trotters Dominate
Thursday's Maine-bred action was completely dominated by the trio of driver Heath Campbell, trainer Valerie Grondin and owner William Varney, who sent three trotters to the winner’s circle. Above it was Pembroke Jack B who glided pillar to post to establish a brand new lifetime mark of 2:06.3, his second win from two career starts, earning the lion’s share of the $10,304 purse. Congratulations! Photo by Derek Davis.
Bullseye Targets the Winner's Circle!
BULLSEYE, owned by Alroy Chow, MD (who once owned the esteemed MY BILL FORWOOD, a two-time winner of the President's Pace back in the 1990s), and trained by Dana Childs, was a winner in the 3rd race on Friday at The Downs, giving Kevin Switzer the first of two wins on the day's 9-race card. This was the 3-year-old pacer's first lifetime win - Congratulations! Also congratulations to DREW CAMPBELL for 3 driving wins on the program! Photo by Michael Newman.
You Go, Girl!
YOU GO GIRL (trained by Steven Vafiades and driven to victory by Drew Campbell) had a nice win in Race 6 on Thursday (6/19). With a name like that, it's just fun to cheer her to the finish line: You go, girl! Photo by Michael Newman.
Fast as a Ferrari!
FERRARI SENA (Gary Mosher) sped away with the lion's share of the $8,000 purse in the Fillies & Mares Free For All on Sunday, Father's Day! This was the mare's first start at the Downs and she did not disappoint owner/trainer Serge Nadeau of Scott, Quebec! You go, girl! Photo by Michael Newman.
Mr. Nice Guy Finishes First
Who says Nice Guys finish last? MR. NICE GUY, owned and trained by Kim Ireland, beat out the field of top level pacers on Saturday (6/14) thanks to an expert drive by The King (Kevin Switzer). Congratulations! Photo by Derek Davis.
Davis Wins Three
Congratulations to driver Eddie Davis, Jr. who expertly steered three to the Winner's Circle on a rainy Friday at The Downs. Pictured above was win #3 with WATERLOO WILLIE, who trotted his way to victory in Race 7; giving trainer Steve Robinson and owner Paul Cloney two wins on the day's program. Congratulations to all! See all the day's winners here. Photo by Derek Davis.
Cruzin Maverick - his first start was a winning one!
Two-year-old colt, CRUZIN MAVERICK, owned, trained and driven by Stephen La Casse of Rochster, NH, showed that he has what it takes out on the racetrack on Thursday (6/12) when he won his first race ever! Drawing from post postion 6, the newcomer paced the mile in a wire-to-wire 2:08.3. Welcome back, Mr. La Casse! Photo by Michael Newman.
A Birthday Celebration at the track!
What could be more fun than a surprise birthday celebration with family and friends at the races? Happy 30th Birthday to Tonya & Norman Ng, thank you for celebrating your special day with us (and DIANA BLUE CHIP, and driver Eddie Davis, Jr.!). Because they booked their group in advance, they got free programs, a race dedication, a free picture in the Winner's Circle to take home, and a free "how to bet" session! Book your group today! Photo by Derek Davis
Switzer Jr. Sizzles on Saturday!
Driver Kevin Switzer, Jr. (pictured with Art of Illusion, victor of the $10,000 Dirigo Pace) scored seven wins on Saturday's 11-race program, placing him firmly in 2nd place on the leader's board. Switzer's prodigious performance was all the more remarkable considering that it was the most scores secured by a single driver since Water Case, Jr. grabbed 8 victories back in 1995. Read the press release here. Photo by Michael Newman.
Rose Alba is a Winner!
It was a good day for Maine-bred trotter, ROSE ALBA, who had had her fist lifetime win on Sunday at Scarborough Downs! The 4-year-old daughter of Boy Band is owned and trained by Michelle Hardin of Cumberland and driven to victory by John Beckwith. Congratulations! Photo by Michael Newman.
Go Team Athearn!
Congratulations to trainer Gretchen Athearn (and the entire Athearn/Rohr Family) for back-to-back training wins on Saturday (5/31). It was YOURAGAMBLER'SSON (pictured above with Mark Athearn driving) in Race 4... Look at him FLY! ... and SCAMP FINESSE (Mark Athearn) in Race 5. Congratulations! Photo by Derek Davis.
Wolf's Milan Establishes New Lifetime Mark
WOLF'S MILAN (with driver Eddie Davis, Jr. and trained by Ed Fournier, Jr.) was the victor in the $6,000 feature trot on Friday, establishing a new lifetime mark of 1:59! Congratulations to all the connections! Photo by Derek Davis.
Eddie Davis, Jr. Scores Four!
Driver Eddie Davis, Jr. scored four wins on the 10 race program on Sunday (5/25)! One of those wins was in Race 7 with the great PAN TAYLOR, trained by Adam Gray Stable. Congratulations! Photo by Derek Davis.
A Family Tribute
The Family of Jack Gray (gathered on right) visited the Downs on Saturday for their annual family outing and today they paid special tribute to the family patriarch, who passed away last month. Jack was an avid fan of harness racing at Scarborough Downs; they dedicated Race 6 in his memory (won by GOIN SHOPPIN, owned and trained by David McClellan and driven by Mark Athearn). If you'd like to plan your outing at the races, for any occasion, contact Susan Higgins at 207-883-4331 x1002 or email firstname.lastname@example.org! It's fun for the whole family! Photo by Michael Newman.
The King Rules!
Driver Kevin Switzer ("The King") completely dominated the activity at Scarborough Downs on Friday (5/23) claiming victory in five of the eight races programmed. Included among the tally were two from Switzer’s own roster, Colby’s Victory, who scored his third win in a row on Friday, and Cisco Hanover, who took a seasonal mark of 1:58.4. Above Switzer wins with Thro Time, trained by Adrian Wisher. The King rules! Photo by Derek Davis.
Switzer, Jr. on Top!
Driver Kevin Switzer, Jr. continued his dominance on Sunday (5/18) at Scarborough Downs as he added four wins on the post-Preakness Stakes day card to go along with his three-win tally on Saturday. (Above is with PLEASE SWEETIE in Race 3, trained by Elisha Lafreniere). His sterling weekend performance propels him into second place on the leader’s board with 29 seasonal wins, trailing perennial powerhouse Drew Campbell by 13 top tallies. Go, Kevvie! Photo by Derek Davis.
Ireland Stables Score Two!
Driver/Trainer Kim Ireland, out in front, drove two of his charges down Victory Lane on Sunday (5/11) for a driving and training double on the eight-race program: Mapple Bi in the Race 3 and Bad Boy Bernie (above) in Race 6! Congratulations! Photo by Michael Newman.
Also Congratulations to driver Drew Campbell for scoring three wins on the Mother's Day card! It was a good weekend for Campbell, who firmly tops the leaders board!
Three for Campbell!
Driver Drew Campbell held the hot hand on Saturday (5/11) scoring three wins on the eight-race program, including in the Free-For-All, which showcases the Downs' best of the best. Today it was PANCHESTER UNITED, trained by Dick Bartlett. Congratulations! Photo by Michael Newman.
Welcome Back, Wisher Trainees
The telltale purple and white colors are back! Trainer Adrian Wisher has returned to Maine from racing down at Freehold, and his horses did a great job on their first day back on Friday (5/9) -- he scored two training wins on the day's program! The first win was in Race 1 with Fox Valley Spencer (Kevin Switzer), and the second was in Race 5 with Deliberate, driven by Kevin Switzer. Way to go, Mr. Wisher, and welcome back! Also congratulations to driver Drew Campbell for his three wins on Friday's program! Photo by Derek Davis.
Deslandes and Winemaster Hanover
Driver Dan Deslandes scored two driving wins on the 8-race program on Sunday (5/4); one of those wins was with WINEMASTER HANOVER, pictured above, owned by Kevin Gee and trained by Randy Bickmore. This was the trotter's 3rd win in a row - Way to go! Photo by Michael Newman
Go KitKat, Go!
Congratulations to KitKat Du Ruisseau, driven by Drew Campbell and trained by David McClellan, winner of the $8,000 Fillies and Mares Free For All on Sunday (4/27)! This was the 8-year-old daughter of Camluck's 23rd career win - You go, girl! Also congratulations to driver Eddie Davis, Jr. who had three wins on the day's program! Photo by Derek Davis.
Eddie Davis, Jr. Wins Three Including the Free For All
Eddie Davis, Jr. held the hot hand at Scarborough Downs on Saturday (4/26), steering three down victory lane, but none more impressively than ART OF ILLUSION, who grabbed top honors in the $8,000 Free-For-All. Read more here. Photo by Michael Ne wman.
Read more here. Photo by Michael Ne
Abel Gets the Job Done!
Driver/trainer Ryan Abel got the job done in Friday's $3,200 Maine Amateur Driving Club race with pacer, J VS TANK (above). And congratulations go to driver Kevin Switzer, Jr. for scoring three driving wins on the day's 8-race program! Way to go, guys! Photo by Derek Davis
Cactus Creek Out Front!
Veteran pacer CACTUS CREEK (with driver Shawn Thayer) took his 42nd lifetime trip to the Winner's Circle on Sunday (4/20) in the program's finale. The classy 11-year-old son of Art's Place, trained by Jamie Gerard, showed his fans that he still has what it takes! The mile was timed in 1:58. Winslow Hustler (Alex MacDonald) was second. Congratulations! Photo by Derek Davis.
Graffam Connections - ON FIRE!
The Graffam Stables/Norton Farm connections had a great day at the track on Saturday (4/18). First, driver Nick Graffam had a 3rd with SAMARDI SHUTTLE in Race 1, then he won with the Jeff Graffam trainee, FEAR ITSELF, in Race 3...then in Race 6, driver Derek Howes had a win with the Mike Graffam trainee, FUNNY LENA (pictured above) - her first win of the season! Lena's owners, Peter and Sharon Harvie of Brunswick, were ecstatic! Congratulations! Photo by Michael Newman.
Mosher Wins Three
Congruatulations to driver Gary Mosher who had three wins on the 8-race program on Friday (4/18) - one of those was with trotter WATERLOO WILLIE, pictured above, a Steve Robinson trainee, who himself had two training wins on the program! Congratulations to all for jobs well done! Photo by Michael Newman.
Nick Graffam: Rookie Pilot on the Move!
Nicholas Graffam became the latest in a long line of accomplished horsemen to grace the Scarborough Downs winner’s circle as the 23-year-old rookie pilot secured his very first win in only his second appearance as a provisional driver on Sunday (4/13). Read the press release here. Photo by Derek Davis.
Parting shots.... Sunday's Retirement Ceremony
Caiden gives Art By Keene his bouquet of carrots in the Winner's Circle at the Downs' 7th Annual Standardbred Retirement Ceremony on Sunday (4/13). Photo by Derek Davis.
Art By Keene
Stephanie Gray rides one of Sunday's retirees, Art By Keene, off the track at the Downs' 7th Annual Standardbred Retirement Ceremony. Photo by Derek Davis.
Welcome Back, Come on Kathryn
Trainer Randy Smith returned to Maine for the summer after a winter in Ohio - his mare, Come on Kathryn, above, won her first start back to the Downs on Sunday (4/12), piloted by driver Kevin Switzer, Jr. who had three wins on the program! Congratulations to all! Photo by Michael Newman.
Mr. Nice Guy Finishes First
Mr. Nice Guy and driver Kevin Switzer, Jr., take the win in the $6,000 Free-for-All Pace on Sunday (4/6). Photo by Michael Newman. Read the release here.
Campbell scores 4!
Driver Drew Campbell held the hot hand on Saturday with four wins on the eleven race program! Read the release here. Photo by Derek Davis.
Opening Day a Success!
Opening Day was a great success! Good crowd and excellent racing -- driver Drew Campbell got things started with the first win of the day! Read the release here. Photo by Derek Davis.
Life After Racing
This is a picture of Nipas One, a Standardbred racehorse who retired in 2009; he was recently featured in the March 2014 issue of Hoof Beats, where his new owner, Pamela Rhodes, wrote a beautiful article about his new life. Read it here!
This is a picture of Nipas One, a Standardbred racehorse who retired in 2009; he was recently featured in the March 2014 issue of Hoof Beats, where his new owner, Pamela Rhodes, wrote a beautiful article about his new life. Read it here!